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ALCS Game 1 halted in fifth inning by two rain delays

Oct 8, 2011, 10:37 PM EDT

Fans try to stay dry during the game's second rain delay in the fifth inning in Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington Reuters

A fairly sizable rain storm is now making its way through the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so the Rangers’ groundscrew has rolled out the tarp and put a temporary halt to Game 1 of the ALCS. There’s been no estimate as to when the action might resume.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of a David Murphy RBI triple and an Ian Kinsler RBI single. Rejuvenated slugger Nelson Cruz then pushed the lead to 3-0 with a towering solo shot to left field in the fourth.

Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson has scattered five hits and fanned six batters over four scoreless innings, but his night will be ended prematurely if the rain sticks around for more than a couple of minutes. Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has surrendered three earned runs in four innings of work, might also be finished.

UPDATE, 9:53pm: Joe Torre told the FOX broadcast that the delay will probably last between 25-30 minutes.

UPDATE, 10:02pm: The tarp has been rolled off. Game 1 of the ALCS should be back underway shortly.

UPDATE, 10:23pm: The game has resumed. Wilson will remain on the mound for the Rangers, but it looks like Verlander is coming out. Rick Porcello, scheduled to start Game 4, is warming in the visitors ‘pen.

UPDATE, 10:37pm: The tarp is being rolled back out, with the rain falling harder than ever. Wilson seemed to lose his command while waiting out the first delay and has now allowed two runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Tigers, down 3-2, have the bases loaded and will be looking to pour on more when play resumes.

UPDATE, 11:19pm: The tarp is coming off. Game 1 of the ALCS is expected to resume around 11:45 p.m. ET. Mike Gonzalez will replace Wilson and Porcello will take the mound for the Tigers.

UPDATE, 11:44pm: Play has finally resumed. Gonzalez will face Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the fifth.

  1. craggt - Oct 8, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Ump has been squeezing verlander all game. This literally might be the worst called game I’ve ever seen. I want robot umps and I want them now.

    • dailyrev - Oct 8, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      Agree completely, though as we say in IT, “you want it — when? Hahahahahaha!” ‘Bot-umps would take at least a year to plan, design, program, test, and then user-test (in a spring training and/or minor league setting). The baseline tech (the little grids we see on TV) is okay, but it needs to be developed and implemented as a replacement for the human umps, not just as a TV thing designed to piss everyone off at what the human ump’s doing in contrast to the grid.

      Like I’ve said here before, it can be done, and the jobs it will create among us geeks will way more than offset the lost jobs among the umps. We’re basically talking a new industry here, because you could have ‘bots umpiring the entire field, not just the plate. Clearly, you’d still need a human ump on the field to call “penalties” (balks, interference, etc.), but video scanners properly programmed could do the rest. And field equipment such as bases and parts of the field such as foul lines would have to be redesigned and made into “gear” that works with the scanners and their software. It would be a really cool project to work on, I mean a life-fulfilling gig for a geek. All right, for a geek who loves baseball…

  2. Bryz - Oct 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Drew, your second paragraph says “seventh inning” when I believe you meant to say “second.”

    • Drew Silva - Oct 8, 2011 at 10:01 PM

      I appreciate it.

  3. Bryz - Oct 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Does this mean that every game for the rest of the ALCS must have rain?

  4. antlerclaws - Oct 8, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Texas has been dying for rain for months and months, and they finally get it….during Game 1 of the freakin’ ALCS.

  5. cur68 - Oct 9, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Stop calling it rain. S’not rain. Tears of Aquaman. If Mr. Craig Allen Calcaterra would apologize for all the mean things he’s said about Aquaman this would stop happening.

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