The Washington Nationals’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night was delayed for about 2 hours and then suspended because of three lighting malfunctions. Three times the lights went out before the game was finally suspended at 10:51 p.m.
On each occasion, the delay was caused by a bank of lights on the third-base side going out. Play was initially halted for 82 minutes in the fourth, with subsequent delays in the fifth and sixth.
After an 82-minute delay play resumed – for all of nine minutes.
The Nationals will hold a 3-2 lead when play resumes thanks to two-run home run from Yunel Escobar and an RBI groundout by Bryce Harper.
“The teams have been pulled off the field as a bank of lights in Nationals Park has gone out”, the team’s official Twitter account said.
Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann never returned after the initial outage. Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger didn’t return after the second outage.
Nationals: Washington placed RHP David Carpenter (shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 12…. But during the downtime, the Nationals’ mascot Screech picked a mock-fight with Dodgers players, and Nats workers threw T-shirts into the crowd, attendees said to NBC 4 Washington. Not sure who will be pitching for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the sixth inning, but we will have the recap of the game and any other news for you here. The game is expected to resume on Saturday morning at around 1:00PM EST where the Dodgers and Nationals are expected to play a shortened double-header.