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The smallest crowd in 10 years at Globe Life Park happened during Rangers’ victory

Texas Rangers rookie Nick Solak collected his first hit and home run

Texas Rangers rookie Nick Solak, who made his MLB debut on Tuesday, collected his first hit and home run.
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Texas Rangers rookie Nick Solak, who made his MLB debut on Tuesday, collected his first hit and home run.

The Texas Rangers got a sparkling debut from a top pitching prospect and a potential every day player collected his first-career home run in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win in 11 innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

But not many were there to see it.

Game 2 of a split double-header at Globe Life Park drew the smallest crowd of the season and smallest crowd since 2010.

The announced attendance was 15,638 for the Texas Rangers’ game against the Los Angels Angels, featuring a pitcher making his first major league start in Brock Burke.

The early game — which started at 1:05 p.m. — drew an announced attendance of 17,429. The Tuesday crowds are two of the three smallest at Globe Life Park this season. In fact, the Angels have been the opponent in the five smallest crowds in 2019 and seven of the 20 smallest crowds since 2010.

The last time the Rangers drew a smaller home crowd was May 11, 2010, when the announced attendance was 15,474.

Globe Life Park’s smallest crowds since 2010:

14,589 … White Sox, April 27,2010

14,707 … Blue Jays, April 8, 2010

15,132 … Royals, May 6, 2010

15,474 … Athletics, May 11, 2010

15,638 … Angels (Game 2), Aug. 20, 2019

16,240 … Orioles, July 8, 2010

16,381 … Tigers, April 26, 2010

16,691 … Angels, April 17, 2019

16,718 … Angels, April 9, 2018

17,060 … Athletics, April 23, 2018

17,304 … Orioles, May 20, 2010

17,326 … Angels, Aug. 19, 2019

17,429 … Angels (Game 1), Aug. 20, 2019

17,575 … Mariners, Aug. 7, 2018

17,625 … Angels, Sept. 4, 2018

17,704 … Angels, April 16, 2019

17,759 … Mariners, Aug. 6, 2018

17,778 … White Sox, April 29, 2010

17,884 … Blue Jays, Aug. 27, 2015

17,907 … Astros, April 2, 2019

Big day for Nick Solak

Nick Solak made his major league debut Tuesday afternoon and collected his first major league hit in the seventh inning of the Rangers’ Game 1 loss to the Angels.

In Game 2 of the double-header, Solak really got to celebrate. He his first-career home run in the fifth inning and then gave Texas the walk-off win when his chopper got past Albert Pujols in the 11th to score Delino DeShields with the winning run.

“It’s hard to put words to it; it’s pretty crazy,” said Solak, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville Monday night. “baseball’s a storybook kind of game, and it’s hard to write a story like that. It was an awesome debut experience; something I’ll remember forever.”

Solak had family in from all over the country for the double-header, including his parents from Chicago and girlfriend in from Houston.

“[The homer] felt good. I squared up the ball in my first at-bat, to center,” he said. “I thought that might have a chance. The guys told me that my aim was off, and I should try going out to right, so my next at-bat, I got a fastball up in the zone; let it travel a little bit and just poked it out the other way.”

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was excited for the success rookies including Nick Solak and Brock Burke had in their debuts Tuesday.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.