Nationals (and Phillies) fans at the ballpark this weekend have gotten their fair share of soaking rain. A 2-hour, 22-minute rain delay pushed Friday’s game well into the night, and another hit Sunday just after 3 p.m.
The delay, which started at 3:18 followed several minutes of lightning strikes putting on a show beyond the outfield side of the stadium and near Capitol Hill. Many fans took cover before the strong storm started.
When the game was delayed, Roy Halladay had finished five full innings for the Phillies, allowing two runs on seven hits. Nats starter Chien-Ming Wang got into the sixth inning, allowing three runs on five hits. He gave up two homers and struck out four.
Update: The delay ended with a pitch from Nats lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny after 1 hour, 11 minutes. Fairfax native Michael Schwimer relieved Halladay for the Phillies and gave up a home run to Danny Espinosa on his second major league pitch.