Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a woman was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet during Tuesday night’s Cardinals game inside Busch Stadium.
The kicker: the bullet was allegedly fired near the 14th Street and Chouteau Avenue area, which is a little less than a mile away from the stadium, but across Interstate 64 and several city blocks. Police believe the bullet was fired into the air.
The woman felt something painful hit her arm, looked down and saw an abrasion. The bullet was found near her seat when she was being attended to.
Folks: no matter what you see in the movies, don’t fire guns in the air. The bullets go up, yes, but they also come down. Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt.
The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.
It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.
Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.