Gomez goes all out for wall-crashing grab vs. Jays

Gomez goes all out for wall-crashing grab vs. Jays

ARLINGTON -- The sheepish grin on Carlos Gomez's face when he ran in from left field after crashing into the wall indicated that he may have come through that experience unscathed in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday at Globe Life Park.

But Gomez will be able to expound on that further after he gets out of bed on Friday before Game 2, which is scheduled for noon CT at Globe Life Park (TBS in the U.S./Sportsnet (English) and TVA (French) in Canada).

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"I feel really good now," Gomez said, with a subtle grin, after the Rangers' 10-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 1. "I'll see tomorrow."

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By all accounts, Gomez looked fine after making the play, and he appeared to be OK at his locker after the game. His catch of Edwin Encarnacion's hard fly ball in the sixth inning will go down as a merely entertaining footnote.

But still, the effort and the result were exceptional.

"At that moment, you don't feel anything," Gomez said. "You have all the adrenaline, and you just get up and throw the ball."

Gomez was running full-speed toward the left-field wall when he simultaneously caught the ball and crashed into the mesh backdrop. His right wrist made the initial impact; the rest of him soon followed.

"It's easy here," Gomez said of playing at Globe Life Park. "When you crash in the wall, they have the mesh. It absorbs the impact. I feel good."

The game's start time -- 3:35 p.m. -- contributed to several challenging moments for Rangers outfielders. Gomez said the shadows definitely had something to do with how complicated the catch was, because it was hard to pick up the ball until it was practically at his face.

"I had a good read on the ball, and then lost it a little bit," Gomez said. "I lost balance, and then I saw the ball right there.

"Tomorrow is the worst day -- you'll see how the neck, the shoulders, and the back feels. Right now, I feel good."

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.