RAIN-iers have another game wiped out by weather

Staff writerMay 5, 2014 

The good news: A baseball game began on Sunday at Cheney Stadium.

The bad news: The game was not completed.

Rain again interrupted the Tacoma Rainiers as their game against Las Vegas was suspended with one out in the top of the seventh inning with the 51s leading 7-5.

Through 19 scheduled home dates this season, Tacoma has had nine games impacted by weather – seven of them postponed, one rain-shortened, and now one suspended midgame.

After Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain, a doubleheader was scheduled Sunday. And the start of the first game Sunday was delayed 53 minutes as members of the grounds crew had to pump standing water from the warning track before the field was deemed playable.

The seven-inning game will resume at 6:05 p.m. Monday, and will be followed by a nine-inning game. The fourth game of the series will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 22 that will begin at 6 p.m.

When Tacoma and Las Vegas were finally able to take the field, the 51s took advantage of control problems by Rainiers starter Mark Rogers, who walked four consecutive batters in the first inning to give the 51s a 1-0 lead.

The visitors extended their lead to 5-1 in the fourth inning thanks to a three-run home run by shortstop Wilmer Flores, which supplemented a solo homer by first baseman Brandon Allen in the third inning.

Tacoma had less success against 51s starter Rafael Montero, who held the Rainiers to two hits in the first five innings. But the sixth was different. Endy Chavez started it with a single, Chris Taylor walked and Nick Franklin banged a long single off the left-field fence to drive in a run.

And after Jesus Montero walked to load the bases, Ty Kelly drove a double to left field, which threatened to clear the bases – until Montero ran through a stop sign at third base and was thrown out at home plate.

That meant Jabari Blash’s subsequent double scored only Franklin, and tied the game at 5 instead of giving Tacoma the lead.

The tie didn’t last long, anyway. After Rainiers reliever Zach Miner walked Allen to start the seventh inning, designated hitter Andrew Brown knocked a towering drive barely over the left-field fence to give Las Vegas its 7-5 lead.

One batter later, the umpires called the players off the field. The final delay lasted 1 hour, 46 minutes, bringing the day’s total delay time to 2 hours, 39 minutes.

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