For the First Time in World Series History…
- Updated: October 28, 2008
For the first time in the history of the World Series, a game has been suspended due to rain. The game was suspended immediately after the top of the 6th inning, after the Rays tied the game at 2 all in that half inning. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has since said that the game was never in danger of being called after 5 innings (an official game). He stated that it wouldn’t be fair to either team or the great fans of baseball, to end the World Series in such a way. The game needs to end in normal fashion in order to keep the integrity of the game alive.
With that being said, they will attempt to get game 5 finished tonight, weather permitting.
Through 5 and a half innings, we saw Kazmir get squeezed by the home plate umpire which directly or indirectly led to his 6 walks last night. We also saw the Rays 1B and team leader Carlos Pena and super rookie 3B Evan Longoria start to break out of their World Series slumps as they combined for back to back hits that resulted in their first run in the fourth.
A double by Pena followed by a Longoria single that plated Pena. Then Pena singled home Upton who just prior to Pena’s second hit of the game, stole 2B in the mud, putting himself in scoring position. Then the game was mercifully suspended due to the increasingly poor field conditions. The fact that they got to play that much baseball is a testament to the Philly grounds crew and the players themselves. Thankfully, no one got hurt because of the conditions.
Keep your fingers crossed to the ability to resume play tonight! The original forecast showed colder wet weather tonight in Philly. We’ll all just have to wait and pray that it lets up just enough to get the rest of this one in.