Dodgers game vs. Nationals suspended due to malfunctioning lights

first_imgThe local forecast calls for rain throughout the weekend beginning Saturday afternoon, so the highly anticipated matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Doug Fister — as well as that between Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer on Sunday — is in jeopardy.Both teams received permission from Major League Baseball to add a 26th player to their roster Saturday. That’s a bit easier for the Nationals, whose Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. is a mere 1 hour and 15 minutes away by airplane. Oklahoma City, which is also in the middle of a homestand, is more than twice that distance from Nationals Park.So, Saturday should be an adventure. Friday was something of an adventure, too.The light banks first went dim in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Dodgers leading 2-1 on the strength of a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez. One hour and 20 minutes later, the lights were back on and play resumed.After a mere nine minutes of baseball, the lights went out again and didn’t come back on for another 40 minutes. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Center field at Nationals Park is dotted by a pattern of off-brown discolorations, a visible reminder of the Taylor Swift concerts here Monday and Tuesday. A technical malfunction Tuesday briefly trapped Swift at the end of a catwalk in the middle of her performance. Friday’s game between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals offered a reminder of that, too.The game was suspended after five innings due to repeated power outages in a pair of light banks above the third-base line.The Nationals will be leading the Dodgers 3-2 when the game resumes in the top of the sixth inning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. Pacific) on Saturday. The regularly scheduled game between the Dodgers and Nationals will begin 20 minutes after the first game ends, or at the originally scheduled time of 4:05 p.m. ET, whichever is later. The Nationals needed only 12 minutes to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Yunel Escobar. Then the lights went out again.“After the first one, I don’t think anybody knew quite what was going on,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “After the second one, they felt they kind of knew. They basically told us if it happened again, we were going to finish it Saturday.”Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger actually returned to the mound after the initial delay, with one out in the fourth inning, then retired Tyler Moore and Michael Taylor without issue.“When the lights are fully on,” Bolsinger said, “maybe I need glasses, but I can barely see the signs already. When they dim down like that, it’s easier to see to me.”During the delay he signed autographs for fans, threw lightly in the bullpen, and tossed a baseball at the Nationals’ mascot. Signing autographs, Bolsinger joked, “was a good way to keep my arm loose.”When the game was called just before 11 p.m. local time in Washington, the players seemed happy to get a chance to start over — with a full bank of lights.“It’s a great day to play two,” said Dodgers infielder Justin Turner. “One and a half, yeah. I’m just glad they’re not making us start over.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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