Rojas was hit so hard that part of his tooth, visible in the TV replays, flew out of his mouth into the mud, and he left the field clutching his mouth.
“He didn’t actually knock out a tooth, he broke half of it,” manager Don Mattingly said after the game, according to MLB.com. “They found him and he’s at the dentist now, so we’ll see what happens.”
Rojas’ broken tooth was not the only injury the Marlins suffered, as center fielder Billy Hamilton suffered a black eye and second baseman John Bertie drove away with a slight groin sprain.
Despite many injuries, the Marlins eventually defeated the Pirates after a Brian Anderson triple with two runs in the 11th inning to share a four-game streak with Pittsburgh and keep their National League Wild Card race hopes alive.
Anderson’s shot found a hole in right-center field, hitting Jesus Aguilar and Avisail Garcia, who were running home from first base, and sparked a frantic celebration in the crowd.
The umpire ruled at first that Anderson was hit by a Will Crow serve, but a review reversed the decision, finding that the ball hit Anderson’s bat and giving him a reprieve.
“There’s no way you’re turning it off,” Anderson said, according to ESPN.
“When I was hit on the field, I was ready to go to the base. I was just trying to focus on what is in front of me. I was just grateful for the opportunity to go up there and try to put the barrel on the ball.” “
It was the Marlins’ second straight extra-inning victory against the Pirates, and they have an opportunity to build on that momentum with a three-game streak against the Philadelphia Phillies starting Friday.
“Hang in there and that’s what we’re talking about,” manager Mattingly said, according to MLB.com.
“Just keep fighting until [All-Star] belly.”