Plate Umpire Takes Mike Trout’s Big Wood To The Face
Last night (Tuesday, June 14th) the Angles were facing the Dodgers in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium. In the top of the ninth inning, Homeplate umpire Nate Tomlinson was struck in the face by the broken end of Mike Trout’s bat.
As the centerfielder took his swing the bat snapped in half sending a shard of wood flying backward into the umpire's mask. Tomlinson jerked backward throwing off his mask and fell to his knees.
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After Trout made it to first base for a single he was stunned to see what had happened.
The game was delayed as the ump had blood trickling down his face.
The trainer ran out to the field to make sure Tomlinson was OK. After a minute, Tomlinson exited the field.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “Never seen that in the mask. That was really scary.”
After Tomlinson's exit, Second base ump Laz Diaz took over behind the plate.
The Dodgers ended up winning 2-0 over the Angles. Mookie Betts hit his 17th home run to propel the Dodgers (38-23) to victory.
It has been said that Umpire Tomlinson is OK.
Centerfielder Mike Trout is a nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time American League Most Valuable Player, and is an eight-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.