The Nationals game against the Los Angeles Dodgers scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed Wednesday afternoon due to torrential downpours that covered Washington, D.C. all day and were projected to last into the night. Several areas of D.C. were flooded and roads were being closed early Wednesday afternoon.
The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on Thursday, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. and the second one shortly thereafter. The Nationals pitching is expected to remain in line with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, Wednesday’s scheduled starter, starting the first game and left-hander Ross Detwiler getting the nod in the second game.
The Nationals official press release cited field conditions that are “not playable or safe for tonight’s game.” Tickets from Wednesday’s game can be exchanged at the box office for seats of equal or lesser value for Thursday’s single-admission doubleheader or any other home game this season. Tickets for Thursday’s original game will be valid for both games.
In what may have been one of the most confusing rainouts of the year, the Los Angeles Dodgers official Twitter account announced around 1:30 p.m. that the game had been rained out and would be moved to a doubleheader on Thursday. Several players said the same. The Nationals had yet to confirm that announcement even two hours later, though, and their official Twitter account maintained that the game was indeed on.
Players from both sides were told the game would be postponed and attendance was sparse. According to those on the scene, the Dodgers clubhouse remained empty and closed for much of the afternoon. It wasn’t until four hours after the Dodgers initial announcement that the game was indeed called.
Needing approval from Major League Baseball for the switch, the Nationals couldn’t make any official announcements — and didn’t — until just after 5:30 p.m. MLB did not originally approve the rainout when the team’s first agreed.