Rapid Reaction: Rangers All-Stars
July, 12, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
PHOENIX -- The National League defeated the American League, 5-1, as all five Rangers players got into the game. As has been the case in several All-Star Games recently, the Rangers factored into the outcome. C.J. Wilson allowed the go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth to Prince Fielder and the NL never looked back. Some Rangers-specific thoughts on tonight's game:
* Josh Hamilton received a nice ovation from the Arizona crowd during the pregame introductions. On Monday, Hamilton said it had been a "roller coaster" weekend and he was still thinking about Shannon Stone and his family.
* Hamilton, playing left field, was 1-for-2 in the game. He has a hit in each of his four All-Star appearances (all starts).
* Wilson came in for the fourth inning and gave up the go-ahead homer to Milwaukee's Fielder, taking the loss in the game. Wilson allowed consecutive singles to Carlos Beltran and Matt Kemp before Fielder blasted a 2-2 pitch off the top of the wall and then over it in left-center. It was a shot. And it was enough to give the National League home-field advantage for the World Series.
"It's a total failure when you give up a three-run home run in an All-Star Game," Wilson said. "Bummer. Now it's time to go home to the beach."
Wilson said the entire experience was still a great one for him and he was glad to be able to spend time with the other All-Stars.
* Adrian Beltre said he enjoyed his All-Star experience. The starting third baseman had a single in the fourth that he thought was going to be an RBI. But Arlington's Hunter Pence of the Houston Astros charged the ball in left field and threw a bullet to home plate, getting Jose Bautista. Rangers third-base coach Dave Anderson didn't appear to make any sign, probably letting Bautista decide. Judging by Bautista's wide turn, he may have decided to try it no matter what. Should Anderson have put up the hold sign?
* Michael Young got in the game in the seventh inning at third base, the position he played in 2009 and 2010 for the Rangers (and was an All-Star at in 2009). He led off the ninth inning and struck out against Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan.
* Alexi Ogando had a quick, but successful appearance. He came in to start the eighth inning and got Andrew McCutchen to softly chop one back to the mound and retired Joey Votto on a ground ball to Young at third. Manager Ron Washington then made a pitching change, ending Ogando's night after six pitches. One registered 99 mph, according to the TV broadcast.
* The entire Rangers coaching staff was introduced to the Chase Field crowd during the first inning. That group, here with Washington, included pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, bench coach Jackie Moore, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, first-base coach Gary Pettis and Anderson. Bullpen catcher Josh Frazier also made the trip.