Reds double up Braves in extras
Owings walked off the field after getting beaned with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, and the
Owings (7-12), who pitched two scoreless innings, was hit on the left side of his batting helmet by an 0-1 fastball from Kawakami. Owings was on his back for several seconds before medical staff from the
The scary play came in front of several family members, who came in from Gainesville, Ga., hoping to see Owings get into the game.
“Yeah, it was nice to have them here even though I’m sure my mom was flipping out from the get-go, but I tried to reassure everybody when I knew that I could see and that everything was fine,” Owings said. “I wasn’t dizzy or anything, but I wanted everyone to know because I knew they would be worrying and praying at the same time.”
According to Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, Owings was bleeding “at the ear” in the dugout.
“He can’t fly for a couple of days,” Baker said. “But he was in good humor about it. The doctors are in there now stitching him up.”
Kawakami (7-11), who has started 25 of 27 games, allowed two runs and two hits in two innings. Atlanta has lost five straight, matching its season-worst skid set April 14-18.
Cincinnati trailed 2-1 before
“Anytime a guy gets hit, it’s a scary situation,” said Stubbs, who finished with three hits. “It could’ve been much worse – a concussion that puts him on the DL – but I was ready for the game to end in the ninth.”
“It was a tough loss today,” Hudson said. “I wish we could have pulled this one out. For the most part things are starting to zero in for me. My curveball and my split were really good today. Those are pitches I haven’t had in a really long time.”
Owings, also one of Cincinnati’s top pinch hitters, wasn’t sure how long he would be unable to play. In 169 career at-bats, Owings has eight homers, 30 RBIs and a .538 slugging percentage.
“I don’t think I could have gotten out of the way of it anyway,” he said. “Luckily, I was looking for a slider.”
Kawakami, speaking through an interpreter, apologized and Owings said he had no hard feelings.
“The sign was 2-seamer inside,” Kawakami said. “(Ross) held up his glove high, and I tried to jam it, knowing he was going to come up swinging. Just instantly, I lost the feeling of trying to be aggressive after that. It’s the worst place to hit a person. Of course, I was scared for him.”