The Boston Red Sox reached 100 wins for the first time since 1946 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, but an unfortunate fan paid a heavy price when a bat ran away from Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis and crashed into the front in the eighth inning.
Travis' wrong turn occurred in what the Blue Jays announcer called "knuckle dancing" by Steven Wright of Boston.
The bat cleaned the net along the bottom line and landed about 15 rows on the seats of the box, halfway between the third base and the home plate. Security rushed to find towels and took a stretcher to take the man.
The nameless man received a standing ovation from the crowd when he got up. Holding a towel over his head with his right hand, he squeezed his left fist to recognize the applause. He walked to the stretcher, sat down and walked away.
Fans react after being hit by a bat, which flew over the protection projection, after Toronto's Devon Travis Blue Jays lost his control over a swing during the eighth inning of a baseball game
The unidentified fan was fine, and he even received a standing ovation from the crowd when he stood up. Holding a towel over his head with his right hand, he squeezed his left fist to recognize the applause. He walked to the stretcher, sat down and walked away with a wheel
The stadiums have been extending the net behind the plate in recent years to avoid such incidents, but Travis's bat managed to sneak through the crowd.
A similar incident happened at Fenway in 2015 when infielder Brett Lawrie's broken bat splintered in the stands and hit a woman in the face. She suffered significant injuries and was hospitalized.
The Red Sox did not immediately respond to a fan upgrade request.
Afterwards, the Fenway Park markers showed "100 wins". to celebrate that the Red Sox reached the milestone for the first time since Ted Williams returned from World War II.
"That's what we've done all year," said David Price of Boston on Wednesday night after throwing seven three-hitter innings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0. That's why we have 100 victories at this time & # 39;
Price (15-6) struck out seven to win his sixth consecutive decision, remaining after 92 pitches with an advantage gained when Rafael Devers ran at home with an uncontrolled pitch by Aaron Sanchez (4-6) in the fifth inning. The Red Sox left-hander is unbeaten in 11 starts and is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break.
Devon Travis loses his bat during the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox
Wright pitched the eighth and Craig Kimbrel pulled three outs for his 39th save, and Boston's magic number to secure the American League fell to seven over the New York Yankees, who come in second.
Do not get me wrong; 100 is 100. But obviously we have bigger goals, "Red Sox manager Alex Cora said." Today we are approaching one of those goals. "
One night after becoming the first major league team to get a place in the playoffs this year, Boston won for the tenth time in 14 games and beat 54 games over .500 for the first time since Williams' team in 1946, Johnny Pesky , Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio were 104-50.
The Red Sox need only go 6-10 the rest of the season to break the record for the 105-game franchise, set in 1912. Boston also won 101 games in 1915.
"Someone just told me that it was done three times here and the last one was 70 or so years ago," said initialist Mitch Moreland. "I think that speaks for itself."
Devon Travis reacted immediately to his mistake after his bat hit a fan in the face