Pitcher throws chair in Rangers' fracas with Oakland fans
Posted: Tuesday September 14, 2004 1:13AM; Updated: Tuesday September 14, 2004 10:21AM
It was a huge relief for just about everyone in the Oakland Coliseum when the ball hit the ground.
Chavez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading the Oakland Athletics to a wild 7-6 win over the Rangers on Monday night in a game that was delayed in the ninth after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two fans.
"I don't know about rivalry, but all these games are going to be intense from here on out," Chavez said. "It was almost like a kickoff of a football game."
Mark McLemore drew a bases-loaded walk to score the tying run, then Chavez broke an 0-for-13 stretch with his drive to shallow center off Francisco Cordero (3-2), who blew his fourth save in 48 chances.
"I'll tell you what, too many twists and turns in that game," A's manager Ken Macha said.
Alfonso Soriano tied it at 5 with two outs in the ninth on his second homer of the night -- his first multihomer game this year and seventh of his career. Moments later, with Hank Blalock at the plate, the Rangers' bench and bullpen cleared.
Texas reliever Doug Brocail was seen screaming at a male fan, and the pitcher had to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor. Others also had to be held back.
Francisco then tossed a chair at a fan in a lower box to the left of the Rangers' bullpen along the right-field line. The chair hit one man in the head, then bounced and clobbered a woman in the face and broke her nose.
"Tonight, it went over the line," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We've had problems about every time we've come here."
Security ran to the scene and a small section of fans was cleared from their seats. The incident caused a 19-minute delay. Dave Rinetti, vice president of stadium operations, stood in front of that section for the remainder of the game.
There was talk between the umpires and managers of suspending the game, clearing the stands and forfeiting.
Rinetti said afterward that the woman, not yet identified, was being treated at a hospital for facial cuts and a broken nose and was considering pressing charges. Francisco was escorted by police out an alternate stadium exit after the game and into a car waiting on the field. No arrests were made.
Brocail declined comment, and Francisco wasn't around the locker room afterward.
"From what I understand, there was some calls made to security early during the game but I have no idea what started it out there," crew chief Joe Brinkman said.
Showalter said reliever Carlos Almanzar had to come out of the game after having an asthma attack because of the incident.
"I don't know what happened, but I don't think anyone is happy about it," Cordero said.
The A's have won 10 of 14 meetings between the division foes this season, and Oakland started an important season-ending stretch of 20 straight against the AL West.
Teixeira led off the 10th with a triple and also homered for the fourth straight game and doubled twice.
A's starter Tim Hudson allowed two homers in a game for the first time this season.
Ron Mahay walked the first two A's batters in the eighth, then gave up an RBI single to Scott Hatteberg to make it 4-3. Damian Miller hit a sacrifice bunt and Erubiel Durazo was intentionally walked to load the bases for Swisher.
Almanzar relieved and hit him. Crosby followed with the sac fly.
Rookie Juan Dominguez gave the Rangers six strong innings after being activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one.
One of those hits was by Crosby, who homered for the second time in three games -- a solo shot in the fifth that gave him 20 this season.
The A's scored their first run on back-to-back balks.
Soriano led off with his 26th homer of the year. Teixeira doubled three batters later, then Hudson got eight straight outs before Teixeira doubled again in the fourth.
Teixeira hit his 35th homer to start the eighth, only the sixth Hudson has allowed all year and just the third since May 8. He led the AL for fewest homers per nine innings.
Notes: Crosby became Oakland's fourth player to reach the 20-homer mark. ... Dominguez had been on the DL since June 16 with a strained neck. This was his fourth major league start. ... Nix snapped an 0-for-15 streak with a fifth-inning single.