The first two pitches of the Yankees match against the Houston Astros at the Yankee Stadium on Sunday were turbulent.
Yankees killer Jose Altuve hit a home run on Nester Cortez Jr. on the first pitch of the game, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. On the second pitch, designated hitter Michael Brantley fouled the pitch straight into the mask of home plate referee Mike Muchlinski.
Muklinsky stumbled and catcher Jose Trevino grabbed him to help him stop.
It's late because the home plate umpire had to leave the match after hitting the foul ball on his face. .. Mask
I hope he's okaypic.twitter.com/bCk370B6jb— Talkin'Yanks (@TalkinYanks)June 26, 2022
After a brief inspection by the trainer, Muchlinski initially stayed in the game. Then three times he left the game with the help of the Yankees medical staff. Todd Tichenor, who started the game as second baseman, replaced Muklinsky as a home plate referee about 10 minutes later. Tikenor was behind the plate of the, where the Yankees lost 3-1 to the Astros on Friday.