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On this very sad day in 2007, the baseball was stunned when Tulsa Drillers’ first base coach Mike Coolbaugh is killed instantly when struck in the head by a line drive in the top of the ninth inning at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, home of the minor league Arkansas Travelers. The 35-year old dad, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two small sons, becomes the second on-the-field fatality in professional baseball history.
It's why all base coaches at major and minor league level where helmets.
Ryan Rowland-Smith retires the side in order with a little help from Ichiro, who makes a ridiculous leaping catch as he slams into the right field wall on David Ortiz's shot. Ortiz can only stare at Ichiro and tip his helmet, while Ichiro gave a little chest bump.
Franklin Gutierrez reaches on fielding error by Bill Hall, but nothing comes of it.
RRS gives up lead-off single to Kevin Youkilis, but he erases it by getting Adrian Beltre to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. Beltre got a decent ovation when he was announced, but it's a pretty small crowd for a Red Sox game.
Milton Bradley draws a lead off walk and steal second. Justin Smoak does some nice situational hitting, with a grounder to second to move Bradley to third. He later scores on a passed ball by Sox catcher Kevin Cash.
Well the 1-0 lead doesn't last long. RRS gives up a lead-off double to Mike Cameron and then leaves an 0-1 pitch up to Bill Hall, who simply muscles it out of the park in left. Replays of the swing show him using almost all arms to get it out. The Red Sox keep it going getting an RBI single from Ortiz on a liner off the glove of a leaping Figgins. Sox lead 3-1.
M's get a bad break after Jack Wilson gets hit by a pitch to start the inning. Ichiro's comebacker is caught in the air by Lackey and Wilson was doubled off at first.
Also on this date in 2000 from nationalpasttime.com ...
The Ranger-Mariner game is delayed by rain due to Safeco Field's retractable roof failing to close. The contest is continued after 54-minutes giving the roof time to overcome its electrical problem and providing the grounds keepers an opportunity to dry the field.
This was the first Mariners game I ever covered for the Tribune by myself as an intern. It was an interesting day. Sweet Lou was pretty funny in the postgame press conference.
RRS gets a much-needed 1-2-3 inning.
The M's also go down 1-2-3.
RRS again finds himself in trouble. But manages to find his way out of it.
The M's go down 1-2-3 again.
RRS gives up a two run homer to JD Drew, who might be one of the more maddening players in baseball. He has so much talent and seems so indifferent. Sox lead 5-1
Um, John Lackey retires the side, the M's have a zero in the hit category. But Lackey is at 92 pitches.
Scutaro hits a solo homer off of Brian Sweeney and the Sox lead 6-1.
The M's go down in order again and still don't have a hit. Lackey is at 103 pitches. It's a possibility.
Jose Lopez, well, I just don't have the desire to type anything more about him.
Lackey gets two outs, before giving up a single to Josh Bard to end the no-hit bid. Jack Wilson follows with an infield "hit" but Lackey gets Ichiro to fly out to end the inning.
The M's pull of the impossible and score five in the ninth as Guti blasts a two-run homer off of Manny Delcarmen and then Jonathan Papelbon implodes and gives up three runs - thanks to errors by Marco Scutaro and Bill Hall. We got to extra innings because that always happens when I cover games.
Jamey Wright sets the Sox down 1-2-3, including a nasty curve to ring up JD Drew to end the inning.
Daniel Bard and his 99 mph fastball and nasty slider come in and set the M's down 1-2-3.
David Aardsma comes on pitches a 1-2-3 inning.
Hideki Okajima does the same against the M's.