A truly disturbing scene recently materialized at Minute Maid Park. In the eighth inning of a 10-10 barnburner between the Astros and Angels, Jake Marisnick attempted to tag up on a George Springer fly out to right field and proceeded to steamroll Los Angeles' catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who lied on the ground motionless for several minutes. WARNING: the footage is alarmingly graphic and unpleasant.
There's a reason that home plate collisions have brought about a tremendous amount of controversy in recent years: when timed perfectly, catchers (solely focused on fielding the incoming throw) truly have no say in defending themselves. That's why these are, you know, outlawed; this run was taken off the board, following a review.
By the time Lucroy faced the third base path, Marisnick was already breathing down his neck.
This was bad. Jake Marisnick vs Jonathan Lucroy pic.twitter.com/DmE7uHC16r— Brian Perroni (@Perroni247) July 7, 2019
As we mentioned earlier, Lucroy was down for several minutes, but was ultimately carted off. The veteran catcher suffered a bloody noise in the violent collision, but an MRI absolutely looms in his future and we won't know the extent of his condition until the results are released.
#Angels announce that Jonathan Lucroy is on the way to a local hospital for a CT scan and will be evaluated for a possible concussion and nose fracture.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 7, 2019
Marisnick was rightfully called out after a replay review determined that he swerved out of the baseline and lowered his shoulder to make contact with the two-time All-Star.
Well, a lot has happened here.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 7, 2019
Jake Marisnick blew up Jonathan Lucroy trying to score the go-ahead run. Lucroy was down on the field for a while, went off on a cart, and after all that, Marisnick was called out for the collision.
So it's still tied 10-10 in the 9th.
Let's hope that Lucroy isn't forced to miss any significant time and is able to return to the field post All-Star Break.