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But the rain may have saved the game for the Astros. 

By Dan Gartland
May 10, 2019

You never want to pull out your umbrella indoors

Parts of Houston are underwater this morning after powerful thunderstorms produced as much as seven inches of rain in some areas. The storms dropped hail the size of a person’s palm and flooded many roadways.

That kind of weather is exactly why the Astros put a roof on Minute Maid Park, but the storm was so outrageous that it had water pouring in through the retractable roof. Fans unexpectedly had to whip out their umbrellas while sitting indoors. And it wasn’t just one crack in the roof leaking water into the stands—the rain was coming in from all over the place. 

The rain may have ended up helping to seal a win for Houston. With two on and one out in the ninth, trailing by two runs, Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence hit a line drive to rightfield. It was one of the wettest areas of the ballpark so many fans had vacated their seats, giving Josh Reddick plenty of room to make a slick catch to bring the ball back from over the wall.

 

“If (fans) sitting where they normally are, maybe a few hands in the way and not able to make that play,” Reddick said after the game. “A little blessing in disguise we had all that rain tonight.”

Congrats on your worthless souvenir

With a third-inning homer against the Tigers, Albert Pujols became just the fifth player in MLB history to record 2,000 RBIs. The fan who caught the ball lucked into a priceless piece of history and could have turned it into something very valuable, except he left the stadium without getting it authenticated and now the only thing that says it’s the historic ball is the fan’s word. 

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