Cubs' Byrd hit in face by Aceves' pitch

May, 21, 2011
BOSTON -- The Chicago Cubs' Marlin Byrd left the game in the second inning Saturday after being struck in the face by a pitch.

Alfredo Aceves' 1-and-2 fastball sailed into Byrd, a right-handed hitter, striking the Cubs’ center fielder just below the bill of the helmet and just to the left of the helmet flap.

Byrd fell instantly to the dirt at home plate, kicking up his feet in the air in obvious pain.

He got to his feet quickly and lurched toward the Cubs' dugout on the third-base side, met by the Cubs' training staff as he neared the on-deck circle. The trainers covered his face in a towel and led him to off the field and to the clubhouse.

It was the second batter Aceves hit in the game. Byrd was only the sixth Chicago batter to come to the plate against Aceves.

Byrd was replaced by Reed Johnson.

In the fifth inning, the Cubs extracted a little payback for the Byrd beaning. Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano drilled Kevin Youkilis in the rear end, prompting plate umpire Alfonso Marquez to issue a warning to both benches.



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