We have some sad news to bring you tonight. As ESPN and others have reported, a fan fell from the upper deck onto the field-level seats at Turner Field during Saturday night’s game between the Yankees and the Braves. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews describes the fan as a man in his early 60’s. He died after being taken to a hospital.
Witnesses say the fan had been drinking, and was heckling Alex Rodriguez before falling. The fall was estimated at approximately 50 feet. He was tended to by medical personnel at the stadium for about 10 minutes before he was taken out on a stretcher.
It’s the second fan fatality in three years at Turner Field. In August 2013, a 30-year-old fan fell approximately 65 feet during a Phillies-Braves game.
We offer our condolences to the fan’s family and friends, as well as those who witnessed the accident on Saturday night.
The Padres turned out in remarkable fashion on Saturday, following up on Friday’s 6-3 win with a decisive 19-run effort to take the series from the Blue Jays. Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill spun six strong innings, holding Toronto to three runs and striking out nine of 22 batters, but it was the Padres’ offense that really sealed the deal.
Of the 19 runs they put up, seven landed for home runs — establishing a franchise-best record for most home runs amassed during a single game.
Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back-to-back for the first two homers, each coming off of an Edwin Jackson pitch in the second inning. Myers’ 351-foot blast was his eighth of the season, while Kinsler’s 382-footer marked his sixth so far this spring. Two innings later, in the fourth, Jackson once again set the table for Austin Hedges, who promptly went yard with the first grand slam of his five-year career in the majors and boosted the Padres to a six-run advantage.
The home runs came for the Blue Jays, too — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plucked one from a bouquet of sliders in the second, while Justin Smoak collected his ninth homer on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth — but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Padres. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe took his turn against Derek Law and punched a two-run shot out to center field. He returned in the eighth for a second helping, sandwiching another 376-foot home run in between a solo homer from Eric Hosmer and a two-RBI knock from Myers, too.
By the time the dust settled, the Padres had gathered 19 runs on 20 hits. They finished the game just one run shy of tying their single-game record for runs scored, a feat no Padres’ lineup has replicated since their 20-7 rout of the Expos on May 19, 2001.