Mac Williamson had to dust himself off after crashing into a low padded wall near the stands in left field while chasing a foul ball.
More frustrated than hurt, Williamson took it out on Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark a few moments later after undergoing a series of concussion tests in the dugout.
Williamson homered for the second straight night and third in five games, hitting a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning to lead San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over Washington on Tuesday night.
“I tried to roll my neck a little bit and my head down a little bit when I started going down,” Williamson said. “I think that helped break my fall. I was just a little frustrated I didn’t come up with the play. I had it in my glove and it came out.”
Belt hit a two-run shot off Roark (1-2) in the third.
“The practice field has always been a laboratory for a coach,” Gruden said. “That’s where we earn our pay. We have to develop this team. We have to learn a lot about them quickly. We have a lot of things to teach, a lot of things to improve. It was fun to be out there. I don’t want to be too deep or philosophical or I might start crying.”
While only the first 30 minutes of practice were open to the media, there was a different vibe than in previous years with Gruden’s loud voice replacing music as the soundtrack on the field.
There were even large video boards on the field, allowing players to watch replays of practice plays immediately after they happened to make corrections more quickly. Gruden said that was something he first saw watching Jim Harbaugh’s practices at Michigan and adopted it himself.
Gruden viewed this minicamp as an examination to see how well the players have learned the plays and system in meeting rooms the past two weeks. Gruden said he tried to throw a few extra wrinkles at quarterback Derek Carr and was pleased with how he responded.
“When Nova puts the ball on the ground, guys are going to stay engaged and ready to make plays,” Hurdle said.
“Oh man, it was an amazing experience, just to get out there on a big league mound in a big league game,” Venters said. “To be able to get an out and help this team win, it was a special thing that I’ll never forget the rest of my life.”
It was lefty vs. lefty, and Venters got the better of Baltimore’s slugger.