ARLINGTON, Texas -- The California Angels' game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday night, delayed by a bench-clearing brawl in the first inning, was held up for 19 more minutes in the third because of a power failure.
In the bottom of the third, with the Rangers leading 5-0, the electricity in Arlington Stadium flickered off and on, and when it came back on three of the eight light towers remained out.
Play resumed with power restored after 19 minutes.
Umpires ejected Angels second baseman Bobby Grich in the first for throwing punches that led to the brawl. The game was scoreless with one out, the Rangers' Larry Parrish was at the plate and runners were at first and second. California pitcher Bill Travers wheeled in an attempt to pick Wayne Tolleson off second.
Tolleson rushed to the base and knocked Grich down. Grich said something to Tolleson and threw the ball back to Travers.
A few seconds later Travers made a second pickoff attempt on Tolleson. This time the throw was wild and went into center field.
On the throw, Tolleson again rushed to the bag, knocking Grich down for a second time. Grich got up and hit Tolleson, knocking him to the ground. He struck Tolleson several more times before both dugouts emptied onto the field.
Order was restored a few minutes later with Grich ejected from the game.
Tolleson left in the sixth with a bruised left knee and a bruised right foot. He was replaced by Jim Anderson.