In Another Rain Delay; Nats Lead, 7-2
[UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.] -- Game was just called. Officially, a 53-minute wait. Nats win! Nats win!
[UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.] -- MLB rules requires umps to wait 30 minutes after a delay to call a game. This game was paused at 6:09 p.m., so I imagine the Nats' 7-2 win will become official at 6:39. The rain in the last few minutes has become ridiculous; not even the NFL would be playing in this weather. Puddles several inches deep have collected in foul territory, and in the shallow outfield, we've got something that resembles Lake Huron.
[UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.] -- Unreal. In the bottom of the ninth, the Nats leading 7-2, the rain came down crazy and heavy. Right now, it's torrential. And we're in another rain delay. I'd expect this thing gets called within the next 30 minutes.
[UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.] -- Estimated re-start time is 5 p.m. That would give us, approximately, a 2:10 rain delay. John Lannan (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) will be finished, obviously. So the Nats will need to hold their lead, over the final 12 outs, with their bullpen.
This series in Florida has involved more radar-watching than baseball-watching. At this point, we're approaching a two-hour rain delay at misnomered the Land Shark Stadium, where dry land is the hardest thing to come by. Saturday, the Nats' 11-3 loss was delayed 2:34. And here, rain has interrupted play in the top of the sixth, the Nats leading the Marlins 7-1. It was 2:50 when play was halted.
Right now, the rain has stopped, but it seems temporary. Another weather system appears not far away... which means Washington could walk away with a rain-shortened win... or we could all be here well past 9 p.m., depending on the efficiency of Ron Villone Victor Garate et al.
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