Baseball Daily News: Oct. 28
Rain suspends Game 5; MLB hopes to resume Series Tuesday
The World Series entered new territory when Game 5 was suspended due to rain on Monday. Up to this point, there had never been a rain-shortened game in Fall Classic history. Game 5 will resume when the weather clears, possibly as early as Tuesday night. Shane Victorino knocked in a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, while the Rays added a run in the top of the fourth on Evan Longoria's RBI single.
In the top of the sixth, Carlos Pena singled to left to score B.J. Upton to tie the game at 2. However, before the Phillies could bat in the bottom of the sixth, play was delayed. With rain continuing to fall, Major League Baseball decided to suspend Game 5, and the contest will resume "when weather conditions are appropriate," Commissioner Bud Selig said.
When Game 5 resumes, the Phillies will be batting in the bottom of the sixth, with Cole Hamels' spot in the order due up first.
On a wet and cold night, the Phillies got a clutch two-run single from Victorino in the first and six solid innings from Hamels, but they'll have to wait until Tuesday at the earliest to clinch their first World Series title since 1980. Hamels said the conditions were the "worst imaginable" for a pitcher.
Phillies on hold >
Pena and Longoria came through with RBIs, while Scott Kazmir and Grant Balfour limited the Phillies to a pair of runs. But with Game 5 suspended due to rain, the Rays will have to wait to see if they're able to return the series to Florida. A bigger question is when.
Hurry up and wait>
There has never been a rain-shortened game in World Series history until Monday, and this was the first suspension. What Selig made infinitely clear following Game 5 being declared a suspended game was that no World Series contest would ever end prematurely.
Play to conclusion >
Everyone will be looking to the sky on Tuesday and consulting the weather forecast. MLB has made the weather the first order of business on Tuesday, with Selig making the final call. Most forecasts called for showers to varying degrees on Tuesday.
How's the weather? >
Not everyone was certain what would happen. If the Rays did not score in the sixth and the game was halted, would the Phillies have been declared champions? Many in the Rays' dugout felt their season was riding on that sixth inning. As Selig explained later, the weather was not going to keep Game 5 from being a complete game.
Selig explains >
The suspension was a World Series first, and both teams were initially confused. But ultimately, there was unanimous support for the decision.
The right call >
Hamels said he basically had to scrap his curveball and ditch his best pitch, the changeup, and go with his fastball as conditions remained wet and grew colder on Monday night. Kazmir said he struggled with his footing on the Citizens Bank Park mound, and found the mental challenges to be particularly hard.
Tough night to pitch >
The simple solution to the suspended Game 5 will be its conclusion on Tuesday. If the Phillies win, they will claim their second championship, and if the Rays win, the World Series will shift to St. Petersburg on Wednesday with no travel day. But if the Rays win Game 5 on Wednesday or later, the schedule could be revised.
GAME 5 SUSPENSION
|Commissioner Bud Selig cited rule 4.12a, section 6, in explaining the suspension of Game 5. According to the rule, "a game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date" for a number of reasons, with section 6 specifying "a regulation game that is called with the score tied."|
In this scenario, the rule (4.12c) for suspended games is enacted: "A suspended game shall be resumed at the exact point of suspension of the original game. The completion of a suspended game is a continuation of the original game. The lineup and batting order of both teams shall be exactly the same as the lineup and batting order at the moment of suspension, subject to the rules governing substitution. Any player may be replaced by a player who had not been in the game prior to the suspension. No player removed before the suspension may be returned to the lineup."
Prior to the introduction of this rule following the 2006 season, the suspended game would have reverted back to the beginning of the inning, with the Phillies leading 2-1, since Philadelphia did not bat in the bottom of the inning. But that is no longer the case and therefore Game 5 will resume with the score tied at 2.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel felt as though he lost, despite the fact that his team is locked in a 2-2 tie when Game 5 resumes and his club batting in the bottom of the sixth. He had Hamels on the hill, and now will likely hand the game over to his bullpen. The Rays may have been given a lift.
In the hands of the 'pens >
It has been an historic World Series, with the Rays reaching the Fall Classic for the first time, and Monday's Game 5 also recorded a mark in the books as the first suspended game in World Series history. Selig and crew chief Tim Welke agreed the game should be halted prior to the start of the bottom of the sixth inning due to unplayable conditions.
Rain suspends Game 5 >
Monday's Game 5 joined a list of World Series interruptions -- 22, in fact. The last one was 2006, while one of the most famous is the 1989 Fall Classic that was delayed for 10 days due to an earthquake. Other notable World Series that had delays were 1975 (Carlton Fisk's home run) and '56 (Don Larsen's perfect game). Monday was the sixth time that a potential clincher was delayed.
Historic delays >
The World Series had been a painful experience for Pena and Longoria. Entering Game 5 in Philadelphia, Pena and Longoria combined to go 0-for-29 with 15 strikeouts to create a vacuum in the middle of the Rays' lineup. On Monday, the pair drove in a run before the game was halted by rain.
Finding their stroke >
Mistakes continued to mount for the Rays in the World Series, as Carl Crawford stopped momentarily while running out batted ball in the top of the first. Hitting second, Crawford sent a liner to short, but Jimmy Rollins bobbled it and barely threw out Crawford, who hesitated out of the box.
Run out every ball >
The Rays have played from behind throughout this World Series, and Monday's Game 5 was no different. The Phillies tacked a pair of runs on Kazmir's line in the first inning. The left-hander has allowed a first-inning run in four of his five postseason starts and seven of his past nine starts dating to the regular season.
Early deficits >
Rain not only caused the suspension of Game 5, but interfered with travel plans. The Rays were forced to find another hotel in Delaware for at least one night, while some fans must decide to wait the day or two to see the conclusion of Game 5 or head home.
Travel plans >
Game 4 of the World Series drew a crowd on Sunday night and not just to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It drew the highest TV rating of this year's Fall Classic, edging Game 1. The telecast earned a 9.3 rating and a 15 share, while Game 1 drew a 9.2.
Top rated >
Even before the first pitch of Game 5, Sean Kelly was a winner. Through a sweepstakes on MLB.com, Kelly edged more than 28,000 entrants for a pair of tickets to Game 5 of the World Series to see his hometown Phillies face the Rays.
Everyone has a story and the Phillies fans turned out in force in Game 5 to hopefully witness a World Series clinching victory. Monday's crowd even included political columnist and baseball enthusiast George Will.
Ready to rock >
Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, who assembled a significant portion of the National League champions, is retiring. His replacement will be assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. An official announcement is expected in the next few days.
Amaro named GM >
Disappointment led to opportunity for Scott Eyre, who was traded from the Cubs to the Phillies in August. The left-handed reliever was shipped out to make room for Kerry Wood, and despite taking it hard at the time, he wouldn't reverse field. Eyre has become a key piece to the Phillies, and he is in the World Series. Silver lining >
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.