Game thoughts: Fan's fall impacts game
July, 6, 2010
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The biggest story from the Rangers' 12-1 win over Cleveland on Tuesday was that a fan fell from the club level into the lower deck, about a 30-foot drop. Here are some thoughts on that and the game:
* We still don't know the fan's name, but it was a white, middle-aged male that fell from section 235 on the club level and onto the lower bowl. That section is down the right field line just past first base. He was trying to get a Nelson Cruz foul ball. Read more here. The fan was stablilized, could move his extremities and was talking as he was taken to a local hospital.
* The stadium went silent. A handful of players saw it happen, as evidenced by left fielder Trevor Crowe and shortstop Jason Donald bowing their heads. Both appeared to be praying. The game was suspended 16 minutes and the field was cleared. We'll have more reaction for the players as soon as we can get it.
* It sure seemed like it was tough on the players to go back to playing baseball shortly after the game resumed. That's understandable. The fans seemed a little out of it the rest of the game, too.
* After struggling on offense in recent games, the Rangers broke loose on Tuesday. Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton hit home runs. That's 21 homers for Hamilton and 19 for Guerrero. And Guerrero now has 72 RBIs this season, to lead the Rangers. He was one in back of Miguel Cabrera in the AL before Tuesday's game.
* C.J. Wilson needed 26 pitches to get through the first, in large part because of a 10-pitch at-bat to leadoff hitter Michael Brantley. Jayson Nix, the next batter, hit a long home run to left field. It was Nix's third homer in his last five at-bats at that point. But Wilson settled down and got through six innings, allowing only one run on two hits with two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. He now has 12 quality starts in 17 outings this season.
* Hamilton pushed his home hitting streak to 26 with a second-inning solo homer to tie the score. Hamilton did on the same day that he was named the player of the month for June, which was no surprise. The streak is the longest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the second-longest at home in team history (30 games by Al Oliver in 1981). Hamilton was hitting .362 at home coming into the game, which is second in the AL this season.
* Joaquin Arias had four RBIs, a career-high. He was in the game so that Elvis Andrus could get a break.
* Give Ron Washington some props. He elected to rest Andrus and Michael Young on the same day and both of their replacements did well at the plate. Andres Blanco, playing third, had a two-RBI double and had three hits.
* Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz also had two hits.