Video: Mets, Nationals Benches Clear After Francisco Lindor Takes Pitch to Face

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 9, 2022

New York Mets' Francisco Lindor walks back to the dugout after striking out against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin during the first inning of an opening day baseball game at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Benches cleared during the fifth inning of the New York Mets at Washington Nationals game on Friday evening after Nats relief pitcher Steve Cishek hit Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor in the face with a pitch.


Francisco Lindor was hit in the face and Buck Showalter &amp; the Mets came out of the dugout furious.<br><br>Lindor has left the game. <a href="https://t.co/DYeTm5hQNX">pic.twitter.com/DYeTm5hQNX</a>

Lindor got up after a brief moment. He appeared dazed and spoke with some Mets and Nationals players who appeared to ask how he was doing as other team members went face-to-face in the infield.

ESPN's Jeff Passan provided an update on Lindor's condition later in the evening:

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

X-rays on Francisco Lindor's jaw were negative and he passed concussion testing after being hit on the C-flap with an 88-mph pitch earlier tonight.

As noted by James Wagner of the New York Times, the Lindor hit-by-pitch marked the fourth time a Met has been hit by a National pitch in just 14 innings of play this season.

It also marked the second time a Met was hit up high, as Mason Thompson drilled first baseman Pete Alonso with a pitch that hit him in the shoulder before deflecting onto his face.


Pete Alonso has left the game after getting hit by a pitch.<br><br>Starling Marte voiced his displeasure, as it's the 3rd time a Nationals pitcher has hit a Met tonight. <a href="https://t.co/eP6uMW6wky">pic.twitter.com/eP6uMW6wky</a>

Alonso, who returned to the lineup after leaving Thursday's game following the hit-by-pitch, showed a picture of the damage postgame.

SNY Mets @SNY_Mets

Pete 😭😭<br><br>(via IG/polarpete20) <a href="https://t.co/8JH76iSm8R">pic.twitter.com/8JH76iSm8R</a>

It didn't appear that Thompson (or Cishek) purposely hit Mets players, nor would they seemingly have any apparent reason to do so.

However, Cishek was ejected without warning following the Lindor hit-by-pitch, and Sean Doolittle took over on the mound. 

The Mets and Nationals were each playing their second game of the 2022 season. New York beat Washington 5-1 at Nationals Park the night before.