• June 28th @ The Orioles

    Posted by on June 28th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    The Yankees have scored four in the top of the 8th to take an 8-6 lead against the O’s in this game – - during which time the rains came. (The game is in a long rain delay now as this is being penned.)

    At this moment, all I can think about is August 13, 1978. On that day, the Yankees were also playing in Baltimore. The Yankees scored five runs in the top of the 7th inning during that game to take a 5-3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains led to a delay of the game.

    O’s manager Earl Weaver stalled the umps during the rain, and, with the help of the Baltimore groundskeepers working in slow-motion, the game was eventually called after the delay.

    At that time, in that type of situation, the score reverted back to the last complete inning. So, Baltimore ended up winning that game, 3-0 (and the Yankees’ 7th was wiped off the books).

    If I’m correctly reading the baseball rules in place now:

    4.12
    SUSPENDED GAMES.
    (a) A game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date if the game is terminated for any of the following reasons:
    (1) A curfew imposed by law;
    (2) A time limit permissible under league rules;
    (3) Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club. (Mechanical field device shall include automatic tarpaulin or water removal equipment);
    (4) Darkness, when a law prevents the lights from being turned on;
    (5) Weather, if a regulation game is called while an inning is in progress and before the inning is completed, and the visiting team has scored one or more runs to take the lead, and the home team has not retaken the lead;

    …we should not have a repeat of August 13, 1978 with this contest. Whew. Therefore, I’m going to sleep now. It’s been raining so long in Baltimore that I expect we won’t see this game finished until late July.

    Comments on June 28th @ The Orioles

    1. June 28th, 2007 | 11:44 pm

      every time vizcaino comes out i cringe. where’s britton?

    2. Lee Sinins
      June 28th, 2007 | 11:56 pm

      Steve,

      You are reading the rule correctly.

      And the 1978 game was the stimulus for the rules being changed after that season to give us the current rule. The rule was subsequently amended during the past offseason to turn a rain shortened tie game into a suspended game.

    3. JohnnyC
      June 29th, 2007 | 9:29 am

      One of the reasons Weaver was a HOF manager was his “managing” of the awful field conditions in Memorial Park (with the help of his trusty groundskeeper, who always showed umpires a face etched with incomprehension…like, what me, try to get the excess water out of the sinkhole in short left field?). He did this to the Yankees several times and to other teams as well.

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