Angels' Matt Shoemaker Has Emergency Brain Surgery After Head Injury

SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager and his Seattle Mariners lost another baseball game on Sunday afternoon, but that was the least of the third baseman's concerns after as scary an incident as he's ever seen in a game.

The 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels seemed to have less of importance after Seager's line drive hit pitcher Matt Shoemaker in the side of the head

"It was terrifying," Seager said. "Probably the scariest thing I ever saw on a baseball field. Something like that is a lot bigger than baseball. That was real."

Shoemaker took a line drive off the side of his right head, causing him to fall to his knees while also opening a cut on the side of his head.

Shoemaker was taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with a hematoma and a small skull fracture. He was scheduled to stay overnight for observation and will meet with a neurologist in Seattle while the Angels continue their road trip in Oakland.

"Hopefully we'll just keep getting good news about his recovery," manager Mike Scioscia said.

He got an overnight brain surgery.

His fans and fellow players were concerned and rooting for him:

Luckily there's good news:

The Angels (61-75) were able to compose themselves and pull out the win after the injury. Albert Pujols hit another home run and six Los Angeles relievers combined to pitch 7 2/3 innings as the Angels won for the seventh time in eight games.

"That was a tough situation," Scioscia said. "Something like that, if affects everybody. Those guys (in the bullpen) all went out there and did a great job to help us win the game."

The Los Angeles bullpen allowed seven hits but just two runs from the second inning on to win the series. Reliever Andrew Bailey, who had made his Angels' debut on Friday night after being claimed off waivers from Philadelphia, picked up the save after working a scoreless ninth. It was Bailey's 90th career save but his first since 2013.

Pujols hit his 29th home run of the season during another big first inning that saw the Angels take a 2-0 lead.

Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma recovered from two first-inning homers but still ended up taking the loss, his fourth defeat in as many starts. Iwakuma (14-11) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.

"The first inning, both those pitches (to Pujols and C.J. Cron) were up in the zone," Iwakuma said. "Just being able to keep the ball down, that's what got me through seven innings."

The game was delayed for several minutes after the scary second-inning incident that left Shoemaker under the care of team trainers while several teammates knelt nearby.

Shoemaker took a line drive off the bat of Seager to the right side of his head. Trainers used a towel to stop the bleeding, and Shoemaker was eventually able to walk off the field as a visibly shaken Seager looked on.

"It was kind of like: Screw baseball," said Seager, who sent a text message to Shoemaker after the loss. "Who cares about the game? When you see the trainers on the field like that, you don't care about a stupid game at that point. It's definitely scary for it to hit him square like that. ... I'm just hoping that he's OK."

The Angels' Scioscia was also shaken by the incident.

"That's awful," he said afterward. "You've kind of got to catch your breath for a second. Obviously, we're relieved to hear everything's under control with Matt; he'll be observed (Sunday night). But that just gives you a feeling in your stomach. It's tough."

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