Thunder Clap Delays Game Early, Kinsler Beats Twins in Extras

Thunder Clap Delays Game Early, Kinsler Beats Twins in Extras Click to Enlarge Photo:

Jul 9, 2012 at 7:03 am

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler hit a winning RBI single with one out in the 13th inning and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Sunday night after tying the game with three unearned runs in the ninth.
Texas had the bases loaded when Kinsler, one of eight Texas players headed to the All-Star game, hit a liner into the left-center field gap that bounced against the wall while his teammates stormed out the dugout to celebrate the team's second consecutive 4-3 extra-inning victory.
Scott Feldman (3-6), the eighth Rangers pitcher, worked the last two innings.
Along with extra innings in the last game before the All-Star break, there was a 46-minute delay in the fourth inning that started with a lightning bolt and a loud clap of thunder.

See the video of the massive thunderclap.

While there were storms in the surrounding area Sunday night, no rain was falling when there was suddenly a jarring bolt of lightning during the 4th inning. Rangers officials said it struck north of Rangers Ballpark and that there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Roy Oswalt was preparing to throw a pitch when the flash and sound caused him to cringe. Catcher Mike Napoli took off running toward the dugout, as did Twins  batter Ryan Doumit. Josh Willingham the runner at first, dropped to the ground and umpire crew chief Jeff Kellogg immediately stopped the game.
It started to rain about 10 minutes later in North Texas.


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