They’ve played 14 innings of baseball here at Nationals Park today. But there are still at least four more innings to play, if the rain will ever let up.
It started pouring in the top of the sixth, with the Phillies leading 7-5 and threatening to add to the lead (the bases are loaded with no outs and Ryan Howard at the plate with a 2-2 count on him). I know it’s up to the umpires to decide whether to resume, and certainly it’s a competitive enough game to want it to continue.
But honestly, if you’re the Nats, do you really care about trying to finish this one? Given the way things stand right now, a win seems unlikely in this game. Might as well save what’s left of the bullpen for tomorrow’s game.
In the meantime, some of the few fans who have stuck it out through this delay (which is approaching the 90-minute mark) are enjoying themselves a bit too much. There have been four cases of fans running onto the field and sliding on the tarp. From my vantage point on the sixth level here in the press box, all four were wearing Phillies shirts. Two were women. Classy fans, those Philly folks are.