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Young girl hit by foul ball at Houston Astros game

Chicago Cubs Albert Almora Jr. center takes a knee as Jason Heyward left and manager Joe Maddon right talk to him after hitting a foul ball into the stands during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday in Houston Foul ball off bat of Cubs player Albert Almora Jr. strikes child; play briefly halted
Shannon Reynolds | 30 May, 2019, 18:59

Another fan attending the game told the Houston Chronicle that he followed the pair up the stairs after retrieving the ball that struck the child.

A scary moment occurred during the fourth inning of the Cubs 2-1 win over the Astros on Wednesday night when Albert Amora Jr. yanked a line drive foul down the third base line.

Almora fouled a ball down the third base line and was immediately distraught, putting his arms on his helmet. He crouched to his knees and held his head in his hands. Fellow teammate Jason Heyward and manager Joe Maddon attempted to console him as he cried. After several minutes, he was able to pull himself together enough to continue with his at-bat, although he was later seen crying after asking security guards about how the young girl, who had been rushed away to receive medical attention, was doing.

The Houston Astros confirmed the child was taken to a hospital, but declined to provide further information.

The score of the game meant less to many who were a part of the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros game Wednesday after a young fan was struck by a foul ball in the fourth inning.

ESPN reporter Jeff Passan, who was seated reasonably close to the child at the time of the incident, said the child was awake and conscious when taken to the hospital.

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"The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family", the team said in the statement. "Being a father of two boys, I want to put a net around the whole stadium".

"Right now, I'm just praying and I'm speechless, " he said.

'As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her.

Almora Jr was clearly still emotional when he was interviewed after the game.

Officials have not yet provided a public update on the little girl's condition, but nearby fans who witnessed the incident first-hand say the early signs are positive. "It was such a scary, terrible thing to experience", she said. The ball was traveling at least 90 miles per hour as it went into the stands. "Of course it's an very bad moment, but this is a game and it's out of your control and you just have to understand that part of it. Listen, I have kids".

Before the start of last season, Major League Baseball announced that it was extending protective netting at all 30 ballparks to at least the ends of both dugouts, intending to enhance fans' safety.

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