HOUSTON – There was a scary collision in Sunday's Astros-Angels game when Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick crashed into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a close play at home plate.
The game was tied 10-10 in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out for the Astros when George Springer lifted a fly ball to right field. Marisnick tagged up from third base and right fielder Kole Calhoun's throw home was bobbled by Lucroy just in front of home plate before Marisnick collided full speed with Lucroy.
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The call generated a bit of a social media storm as 9-time Gold Glove St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina launched a profanity-laced tirade over the incident.
Marisnick's Astros teammates defended him in the comments and on their social media accounts.
"First and foremost. I hope he's OK," said Marisnick after the game. "That was a bad play. For me, I was running and I see him take a step kind of up the line like he's going to drop and go back so I tried to take an instep and slide head first on the inside corner. And I watched the play again and it looks...he just drops right in front of me and once I kind of made a decision it was too late."