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Giants vs. Cards delayed as lights go out at Busch Stadium

Jun 2, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

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A bank of lights suddenly shut off at 10:59 p.m. central time this evening on the roof of Busch Stadium, right along the first base line. The Cardinals are playing host to the Giants in Game 3 of a four-game set. It’s being televised by ESPN.

The contest is currently in a delay while maintenance attempts to get the lights, which shine on the area around home plate, back up and running.

Giants closer Brian Wilson is trying to close out a San Francisco victory. It’s the bottom of the 11th inning and the Cardinals are down to their last out with a 7-5 deficit. But they do have a runner on first base and have managed two hits against Wilson, who has now been idle for several minutes.

Cardinals utilityman Allen Craig is at the plate. He hit a two-run homer earlier in the game.


UPDATE: The lights came back on at 11:13 p.m. CT, after a 14-minute delay. Wilson headed to the mound and forced a first-pitch groundout from Craig as the Giants won in extras. That’s sure to make the conspiracy theories less fun. La Russa pulled the plug, trying to throw off Wilson’s rhythm! … And all that.

  1. skerney - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    “It want to be they-re.. in my city.” Also, Brandon Crawford just took Tejadas job. Soon as Panda returns, Tejada is a bench player.

  2. tartan1 - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    “…and the soap opera continues between these guys. There’s always something when you come in here.”

  3. granted42 - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    I bet Larussa had something to do with it in some shady attempt to screw with Wilson. Okay, I don’t really believe that, but it’s always fun to start the Larussa haters going.

    • The Rabbit - Jun 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      During the postgame show, a Cardinals broadcaster asked Brian Wilson what he did during the darkout. He went to the bathroom. Hey when ya gotta go, I’d hope for a delay, too.
      Interview here:

  4. skerney - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Thats Lights Out baseball!

  5. purdueman - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    La Russa tried to pull the old “double switch” on the home field light standards, but it didn’t work out too well… just like his maniacal passion for constantly making double switches in the lineup doesn’t usually either! Then again, I don’t know why you National League Honks have such a passion to see punch and judy light hitting utility infielders not only pinch hit for the pitcher, but then come up a second time too!

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