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Wednesday’s match-up between the Cubs and Astros took an emotional turn during the end of the fourth inning when a young girl in the stands was struck by foul ball.
The Minute Maid Stadium fell silent as Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr.’s line-drive collided with a toddler sitting behind Chicago’s third base.
Stands - Horror - Almora - Knees - Tears
Looking up to the stands in horror, a shaken Almora quickly dropped to his knees in tears on the outskirts of the batter’s box, as a panicked father was seen rushing his screaming four-year-old daughter up the stairs and out of the stands.
It took several minutes for Almora to compose himself and continue the at-bat. Jason Hayward and Cubs manager Joe Maddon rushed to console the father of two.
Players - Astros - Scene
Players from Astros also appeared to be shaken up by the worrying scene.
Almora, still rocked from the incident, eventually returned to bat but struck out before walking off of the field still sobbing.
Break - Innings - Scene - Incident - Security
During a break between innings, the 25-year-old returned to the scene of the incident and spoke with a security guard to ascertain an update on the stricken toddler’s condition.
Told that though she was hurt, the little girl appeared to be okay and was conscious which caused Almora to place his head in his glove and start sobbing uncontrollably in relief.
Security - Guard - Arms - Almora - Crest
The security guard placed her arms around a hysterical Almora, who proceeded to cry into the crest of her shoulder as teammates rallied around...
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