In a bizarre scene at Citizens Bank Park, stadium workers using tractors scrambled to hoist the protective screen behind home plate after it suddenly collapsed Sunday during the Philadelphia Phillies' 12-6 win over the Washington Nationals.
"I was in shock," J.T. Realmuto said.
Several innings after Austin Voth suffered a broken nose when he was hit trying to bunt and plate umpire Brian O'Nora was forced to leave after being struck in the mask by a foul tip, things got even weirder.
"The net falls on our heads," Dave Martinez said after the conclusion of a game that lasted nearly 4 1/2 hours. "That's the topper."
Trea Turner was batting with two outs and nobody on in the eighth inning when the netting behind home plate and over the two dugouts at Citizens Bank Park sagged towards the field without warning.
No one appeared to be hurt in the mishap.
"I don't know if the rope snapped or what," Realmuto said. "I saw out of the corner of my eye after that pitch. I didn't know how to respond to it. And when I saw it, I thought there was no way that we were going to continue playing."