Rangers-Orioles game postponed by rain
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will have to wait for
another day to continue his assault on the Baltimore Orioles’
Less than 24 hours after becoming the 16th player in major
league history to hit four home runs in a game, Hamilton was
received an unexpected break when rain postponed Wednesday night’s
game between the Rangers and Orioles.
The game was delayed for more than an hour before officials
decided on the postponement. It will be made up as part of a
single-admission doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 4:05 p.m.
The second game will not begin before 7:05, the starting time of
Thursday’s originally scheduled game.
Moments before the announcement, several Texas players ran from
the outfield and slid across the tarp. Hamilton was among them.
”You’ve got to keep the game fun,” he said. ”It reminds you
of why you started playing as a little kid. When we were little
kids we weren’t allowed to do that because you’d get in
Hamilton had no complaints about the rainout, mainly because he
would have been hard-pressed to come up with an appropriate
”The expectations and everything, you can’t do much better than
that,” he said. ”Honestly, I hadn’t been nervous for a game in a
long time but I was a little nervous today. So maybe (the rainout)
was a blessing in disguise.”
With Hamilton leading the way, Texas won the first two games of
the series by a collective 24-6 score. Hamilton homered in his
final at-bat Monday night before going 5 for 5 with four homers and
a double on Tuesday in a 10-3 victory.
The Rangers have won seven in a row over Baltimore. The rainout
came at a good time for the Orioles, who could only hope Hamilton’s
bat would be cooled by the time off.
Recalling the feeling he had at the plate in his record-setting
game, Hamilton said Wednesday afternoon, ”You know when you’re
seeing the ball well and really putting the good part of the bat on
the ball. That’s what you feel. Everything kind of slowed down for
me. You don’t have to do much. Just put the barrel of the bat on
the ball and it goes.”
The pitching matchup in Thursday’s first game will be Wednesday
night’s starters: Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (3-1) against
Wei-Yin Chen (2-0). In the nightcap, Derek Holland (2-2) of the
Rangers will go up against Tommy Hunter, who will be recalled from
Triple-A Norfolk after being sent down on Monday. Jason Hammel was
slated to start Thursday for the Orioles, but he’s been
experiencing soreness in his right knee.