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Foul ball off bat of Cubs plays Albert Almora Jr. beats children; games briefly stopped



A small child was rushed to medical care on Wednesday night after apparently being hit by a bullet during a Cubs Astros game in Houston.

The play was stopped during the fourth inning after the ball – out of the bat Cub's hitter Albert Almora Jr. – apparently hit a young girl, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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  Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr., center, takes a knee like Jason Heyward, left, and manager Joe Maddon talks to him after hitting a bullet in the stands during the fourth launch of a Houston Astros Wednesday baseball game in Houston. (Associated Press)

Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. Center, takes a knee like Jason Heyward, left, and manager Joe Maddon, right, talk to him after hitting a ball of bullet into the stands under it fourth introduction of a baseball match against Houston Astros Wednesday, in Houston. (Associate Press)

A man was seen carrying the baby out of the sitting area while replays showed that Almora seemed to know immediately that the ball had hit a spectator.

Almora was later seen confused on the pitch and the images were posted online showed him being comforted by a security guard as well as Cub's manager Joe Maddon and another Cubs player.

"Albert is an emotional young man with children, so it made it even more right for him," Maddon Associated Press told the game. "I understood exactly what he was going through right there."

The game was stopped for a short while when the girl was taken away for treatment. Players on both teams seemed shaken by what happened.

Almora talked about the incident with journalists after the fight. He said he quickly saw where the ball was going and who it was hit.

"Like life is," he said. "As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked my eyes on was her."

Almora said he got information about the girl's condition, but was asked not to share the information.

"Right now I'm just praying and I'm speechless," he told the Associated Press. "I'm at a loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing, I want to be able to relate to this little girl the rest of my life. But just praying right now and that's all I can really control . "

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Astros issued a statement after the game said the girl was taken to the hospital, but no further information was provided.

Houston's Sports Talk 790 radio station later reported that the child was conscious and responsive and was expected to be OK.

Houston's Minute Maid Park, like all MLB stadiums, has net around the house plate and stretches toward the dugout areas to protect fans from evil balls. But the AP reported that the young fan was about 10 meters past the area where the netting ended.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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