Two thunderous sounds drowned out the crowd noise, and Alex Cobb lay motionless on the mound on Saturday.
'Thwack!' Royals infielder Eric Hosmer connected with a pitch.
Split-seconds later, another 'thwack!', and Cobb, the Tampa Bay pitcher, was nailed in the head by the ball, his glove unable to provide any protection as the screaming liner bee-lined for his skull.
The frightening incident happened during the fifth inning of the Royals-Rays game in St. Petersburgh, Fla., and trainers and players alike swarmed the field to tend to the fallen hurler, who was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher
The team later confirmed he suffered a mild concussion.
Take a look at the incident with Cobb below:
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