Part of This game? Cincinnati Reds have been struck by MLB-leading 40 pitches

Alex Blandino could not hide the pain when he had been struck by a 91-mph fastball at the fifth inning Friday.

Part of This game? Cincinnati Reds have been struck by MLB-leading 40 pitches

He walked with his hands behind his back for a coach approached. He briefly stayed in the match before he had been substituted by a pinch-runner.

It was a clear break, Reds director David Bell explained, therefore his injury will not require surgery. He is expected to miss another three to fourteen days.

"It is a part of this sport," Bell explained. Blandy was in great spirits and these items might be worse. He will do whatever he can to cure and reunite"

They have ben struck 13 times in their eight matches against the St. Louis Cardinals this season, including seven days on Thursday and Friday. It had been initially in Cardinals franchise history they plunked at least three batters in successive matches since at least 1901.

Not one of the strike with pitches in the first two matches of the weekend show seemed willful. Adam Wainwright hit two batters in the first inning Thursday, which comprised one using the bases-loaded which resulted in a run.

"I can not control the way other teams throw or pitch us," Bell stated. "I constantly -- till it is clear -- provide groups the benefit of the doubt that it is not intentional. I don't think it's.

"It does not make it simpler. I believe there is an element of having to be mindful. Our pitcherswe need them to be competitive. We wish to have outs and that is the title of this game. Occasionally hit-by-pitches do occur. Sooner or later, there has to be an awareness of where the ball is moving. I understand we have been hit lots. I understand we have been hit a lot at this team. Occasionally I get a feeling or a feeling when it is on purpose and that I have not gotten this. It is unfortunate that we have had some balls and injuries close to the head and all that."

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