Tuesday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays was heartbreaking for Phillies fans, but it really hit a photographer.
During the top of the first half, rising star Phillies Bryson Stott knocked down 1st base officer Rhys Hoskins and hit photographer Art Coleman in the head, causing blood to run down the side of his face.
“Art was focusing on what’s going on on the field, so he wasn’t even looking at the ball coming up from the top of the camera,” Phillies anchor Tom McCarthy said during the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast.
Coleman, who had been delivering the feeding of the Blue Jays, was no longer in the game. McCarthy said he is fine and recovering at home after the accident.
The foul is reminiscent of the 2021 game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets, in which referee Junior Valentine was hit in the face by a foul by Cardinals Edmundo Sosa.
It was the fifth consecutive loss for Phillies, who is fighting to end a 10-year playoff drought. They are still 2.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, who have lost three games in a row, for the last Wild Card spot.
The Phillies play the Blue Jays Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park at 6:45 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia, while the Brewers face the New York Mets in Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m. on MLB.
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