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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Billy Hamilton Knocked Out In First Inning

Billy Hamilton was hit in the face with a batted ball by Anthony Rizzo that ended in a three-run inside the park home run.

Ben Zobrist beat out a bunt single and Kris Bryant lined a single to center, sending Zobrist to third off the Reds' starter Cody Reed.

Rizzo hit a ball into the left centerfield gap that was tailing away from Hamilton towards leftfielder Adam Duvall.  The two appeared to be on a collision course but Hamilton went into a slide. The ball tipped off Duvall's glove and hit Hamilton directly in the face, caroming into the leftfield corner as all three Cubs scored.

Hamilton was down several minutes with his face toward the ground.  Trainer Steve Bauman attended to him.  He was able to stand up and leave the field under his own power, exciting through the bullpen.

Hamilton was on the seven-day concussion disabled list from June 10-17.  This was his 12th appearance since he was reactivated from it.  He was hitting .200 since his return but hit a home run off Jon Lester in last night's game

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