WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Los Angeles Dodgers-Washington Nationals diversion was dangling with no outs in a sixth inning Friday night after a third energy outage influenced a bank of lights during Nationals Park.
The diversion is scheduled to resume Saturday during 2:05 p.m., with a Nationals leading, 3-2. The teams have a formerly scheduled diversion set for 4:05 p.m.
The initial delay, that struck during a bottom of a fourth inning, lasted 1 hour, 22 minutes. Play resumed for 9 minutes, with Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger returning to retire a final dual batters in a fourth inning and afterwards a Dodgers going down in order, before a lights along a third-base line went low again.
That check lasted 40 minutes.
Then, after play resumed for a third time, a lights went out after 12 minutes. The umpires, after consultation with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Nationals reflection Matt Williams, afterwards called a game.
During a initial delay, Bolsinger sealed autographs for fans station nearby a camera good subsequent to a visitors dugout. The Nationals’ mascot, Screech, exchanged some chaff with Dodgers relievers, who pelted a bird with objects.
Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann never returned after a initial outage.
The Nationals played a St. Louis Cardinals-New York Mets diversion on a jumbo videoboard, with fans booing a Mets lustily. Some fans, meanwhile, jokingly lifted their phones into a atmosphere to offer a ballpark some light.
During a second delay, a Nationals, in a tweet, asked fans to stay patient.
Thanks for your patience, #Nats fans. We design to have a integrity on a diversion in approximately a subsequent 30 minutes.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2015
When play finally resumed after a second delay, Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark greeted Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao with a leadoff double and Yunel Escobar followed with a home run to give a Nationals a 3-2 lead.
The Dodgers also had a brief lights-related check during Wrigley Field this season. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon played that diversion underneath criticism after umpires resumed a diversion underneath low lighting with Clayton Kershaw pitching, though it valid indecisive as Chicago won, 4-2.