If the start of the Yankees-Tigers game Wednesday afternoon hadn’t been delayed for an hour and 26 minutes when it was barely raining and the conditions were very playable, there most likely wouldn’t have been a second three-hour, 11-minute rain delay which began at 4:50 p.m. when lightning struck and a monsoon broke out.
So the Yanks had to wait about the length of a full game between the seventh and eighth innings, only to fall by the same 2-0 score they were behind when that long delay began. Despite it being a getaway day, the Yankees clearly wanted to get two more chances to hit rather than take a rain-shortened loss. Detroit doesn’t come back to the Bronx this season.
The first delay for the scheduled 1 p.m. start was issued by Major League Baseball, Joe Girardi said.
“We felt we’d have enough time to get it in, and they were expecting heavy rains at 1 o’clock, 1:30. It never really came,” Girardi said. “I think they were trying to protect both sides from using a starter and then blowing the starter after two or three innings. So I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Chase Headley reacts after a called strike during the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 2-0 loss Wednesday.
Chase Headley said he understood why the game was delayed at the beginning, but frustration still set in as players popped their heads out early in the afternoon to see either light rain or no rain at all.
“I don’t know what the thought process is on that. Obviously that’s not our decision, but it seems like that happens more than it should,” said Headley, who had a double and three strikeouts. “Obviously they’re trying to make the best decision. Nobody wants that, but yeah, it doesn’t turn out great when it happens like that.”
For the last chunk of the second rain delay after the heavy rain had subsided, the grounds crew was poking holes in the outfield to try to help drain the large amount of water on the grass.
Joe Girardi inspects the field after a rain delay against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium.
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“I think we thought we were gonna finish, it was just a matter of how long we’d have to wait until that water drained,” Girardi said. “I think the grounds crew did a really, really good job getting the field ready and getting the standing water out of the outfield.”
The game resumed at 8:01 p.m. but the Yankees couldn’t muster a run. After Jacoby Ellsbury’s infield single to begin the eighth the Yanks recorded six straight outs.