Benches and relievers clear as Nats pitch hits Mets SS Lindor

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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, center, talks to umpires Chris Guccione, left, and Mark Carlson during the fifth inning of a baseball game after Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets was hit by a pitch from Washington Nationals relief pitcher Steve Cishek, at Nationals Park, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, center, talks to umpires Chris Guccione, left, and Mark Carlson during the fifth inning of a baseball game after Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets was hit by a pitch from Washington Nationals relief pitcher Steve Cishek, at Nationals Park, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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The benches and relievers emptied and the Mets and Nationals squared off on the indoor grass after Francisco Lindor was hit by a Steve Cishek pitch in the fifth inning Friday night.

New York manager Buck Showalter led the charge after one of his batters was beaten for the fourth time in 1 1/2 games to start the season.

Cishek was making his Nationals debut and had just come on as relief from starter Josiah Gray after the Mets took a 4-3 lead. Lindor squared the bunt, and Cishek’s second pitch was high and inside and hit the shortstop on the right jaw. Cishek and Nationals third baseman coach Gary DiSarcina were ejected.

The Mets later announced that an x-ray of Lindor’s jaw was negative and that he had taken a concussion test.

Showalter and several Mets ran out of the dugout on the third base side screaming and headed for the field as umpires tried to get between them and the Nationals, who began to leave their dugout on the first base side goal. Soon, relievers were pouring in from the bullpen beyond the outfield fences.

Away from the jostling and arguing groups, Nationals right fielder Juan Soto went to see Lindor, whose curly hair dyed blue stuck out as he squatted. It appeared the pitch had caught a piece of the extended face shield protruding from the end of his helmet.

Lindor pointed near his mouth as Showalter and a Mets coach watched him.

The game was delayed for more than 10 minutes in all, as even after the near-shattering wore off, the referees had a long chat with Showalter and Nationals manager Dave Martinez.

When Cishek learned that he had to leave the game, he opened his arms wide as if to say: “Who, me?

Southpaw Sean Doolittle had time to warm up in the bullpen before finishing the first half of the inning.

The Lindor bean followed three times the Mets were hit in New York’s 5-1 win on Thursday’s Opening Day: James McCann twice and Pete Alonso, who was left with a bloody lower lip .

Showalter said after Thursday’s game there was some excitement in the Mets dugout after Alonso was hit by a Mason Thompson pitch in the ninth.

On Friday, Mets starter Max Scherzer hit Nationals first baseman Josh Bell in the second inning.

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