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Suspended animation!
2007-04-10 21:52
by Bob Timmermann

This year, MLB changed its rules so that a game that was tied after becoming a regulation game and was halted by rain would be a suspended game and not a tie game. Tie games have to be replayed in their entirety.

And we have our first suspended game of the season! The Brewers and Marlins waited out three rain delays before the umpires suspended the game with the score tied 2-2 with the Brewers getting ready to bat in the top of the 11th at Dolphins Stadium. The game will start at 7:05 pm ET and then the regularly scheduled game will start about 30 minutes later.

Tony Graffanino of the Breweres was kicked out of the game and, presumably, the umpires will make him sit in the clubhouse until the regularly scheduled game start.

From checking Retrosheet, it appears that this is the first time the Marlins have had a suspended game. The Brewers last had one on June 15, 2001 at home against Kansas City when a bank of lights went out at Miller Park.



2007-04-11 08:19:07
1.   Ali Nagib
Wow, I didn't realize that there was another game suspended due to a lighting problem in 2001. I happened to be at this one:

Which was very entertaining, because instead of just going out, a transformer in the lighting structure actually exploded in a ball of fire, which I happened to be looking at. The "1.8-header" the next day featured Randy Johnson setting the relief strikeout record (16, in 7 IP) while also providing the only time (I believe) that he and Curt Schilling pitched in the same real (not All-Star) game for the same team, other than this time, which some of you may be more familiar with:

Game 2 also featured a bench-clearing brawl AND a Trevor Hoffman 4-run-lead, 1 out save. Excitement!

2007-04-11 08:47:47
2.   Bob Timmermann
And since the suspension was before the 5th, you could use your rain check!
2007-04-11 08:59:07
3.   Ali Nagib
2 - Since it was a Wednesday night game before a day game of a 2-game series (one of those silly ones they always do just after the ASB), I was able to walk directly to the ticket office inside the Q and pick up a ticket for the next day. Fortunately it was the summer that I spent a month in San Diego helping my sister out with moving into and setting up her new place at the time, so I had nothing else to do that day anyway (and getting in and out of the parking at the Q for baseball games was always easy, even with 40K people there.)
2007-04-11 22:02:13
4.   das411
COOL! Neutal locations, suspended games, ARod actually hitting, this 07 season is so delightfully weird already and it's only been a week and a half!

...I'm assuming both teams will start the suspended game with short benches, players in the same positions as where they left off, etc? Can the teams actually be made to put the same pitchers out there or will the managers (be forced/choose) to put in different ones?

2007-04-11 23:21:47
5.   Bob Timmermann
Check the date there little fella. The game's over! The Brewers won it in the 13th.

A suspended game could be resumed months later with entirely different rosters for both teams. The only restriction is that you can't bring back players who have already been subbed for.

The Brewers won the regular game too.

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