Battered by pitches, umpire departs in 14th

Battered by pitches, umpire departs in 14th

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants and Reds game Friday night that had already surpassed the four-hour mark was delayed longer in the top of the 14th inning when home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo was removed after being hit repeatedly throughout the game.

In the fifth inning, Randazzo was hit in the facemask near his throat on a pitch from Giants starter Johnny Cueto after Billy Hamilton attempted to bunt but pulled back at the last second. Randazzo fell hard to the ground and was immediately tended to by San Francisco head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner but eventually was helped to his feet and stayed in the game.

Randazzo was also hit in the right shoulder by a foul ball and later took another foul off his chest after it bounced off the dirt near home plate.

Clint Fagan, who was umping at second base, replaced Randazzo behind the plate and the game continued with only three umpires.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.