Reds fans will wince in pain watching umpire get drilled in midsection during Jonathan India AB

Ooh, that's gotta hurt!
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds' bats finally woke up on Wednesday night. During the second game of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reds were finally able to runners on the base paths and runs on the scoreboard. Cincinnati had scored a grand total of four runs during the previous four games.

However, the Reds were ultimately on the losing end of the battle and the team's ninth-inning rally came up just short. Jonathan India's fly ball out to right field sealed the Reds' fate and Cincinnati fell by a final score of 4-3.

But as bad as the night was for manager David Bell and the Reds, nobody had a worse evening than home plate umpire Adam Hamari. And no, it wasn't due to poor calls behind the plate. India's at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning was stopped after Jordan Montgomery's first pitch spiked into the dirt, bounced, and hit Hamari where no man ever wants to be hit.

Reds fans will wince in pain watching umpire get drilled in midsection during Jonathan India AB

Play was stopped for nearly four minutes after Hamari dropped to his knees in agony. The Reds medical staff, led by head athletic trainer Tomas Vera, attended to Hamari as he regained his composure.

After the delay, Montgomery was allowed to throw a handful of warmup tosses before the at-bats resumed. The fourth pitch of the at-bat saw another ball from Montgomery hit well in front of the plate, but D-backs catcher Gabrielle Moreno was much quicker to react and kept the ball in front of him that time. A questionable strike call from Hamari pushed the count to three balls and two strikes, and India eventually grounded into an inning-ending putout.

Former Reds third baseman Eugenio Suárez gave the D-backs a needed insurance run during the top of the next inning, and Arizona rattled off their third straight win.

Cincinnati will look to avoid being swept for the second consecutive series today when the D-backs and Reds clash for a business day special this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Hunter Greene will take the hill for the Reds, and today's home plate umpire will be sure to have his head on swivel with the flamethrower on the bump for Cincinnati.

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