Cubs will be cautious with Heyward after nasty collision

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward reacts to striking out during a game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 3.

    Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward reacts to striking out during a game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 3. AP File Photo

 
 
Updated 9/11/2021 7:45 PM

The Cubs went down hard Saturday, losing to San Francisco 15-4 at Wrigley Field.

Jason Heyward had to leave the game in the fourth inning after a collision with Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Heyward was sliding into third base, Crawford was running over to take a throw and ended up kicking Heyward in the head. The Cubs outfielder was clearly dazed and struggled to walk off the field under his own power.

 

"It's a tough collision," substitute manager Andy Green said. "It's two strong guys running into each other pretty hard there. He took a knee to the head at some spot. I'm not sure exactly where. He definitely got his bell rung.

"He's definitely going to be watched closely over the next 24 hours and kind of find out where he's at. I don't think there's a formal diagnosis at this point in time, but somebody we're going to monitor very closely and make sure Jay's doing OK."

Green wasn't sure if Heyward will have to go through any concussion protocol. It was an unusual play, which began with an infield single to deep short that Crawford fielded.

Heyward saw that third base was uncovered, so he kept running around second and reached third with ease. But as Crawford ran over to take the throw from the first baseman, he didn't avoid a Heyward collision.

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In the game itself, walks were a huge problem for Cubs pitchers. They gave up 11 free passes to the Giants, while Cubs hitters walked once. Starter Zach Davies allowed 5 runs and left after 2 innings.

Homer streak ends:

The Cubs' 16-game streak of hitting a home run came to an end Saturday, despite the wind blowing out. The franchise record is 17 straight games with a homer, set in 1998.

The best the Cubs could do was a windblown triple by Ian Happ. Frank Schwindel had a double and 3 hits total.

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