The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins sat through a three-hour and 49-minute rain delay on Saturday night before their game was finally postponed at 10:54 p.m.
They teams scheduled a split doubleheader for Sunday, the Nationals’ final day at home in the regular season, at 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The games will require separate admission and tickets from Saturday night’s game will be honored for the 7:05 p.m. game, or can be exchanged for any prime, regular or value game during the 2014 season — excluding Opening Day or “Marquee games” — once tickets go on sale.
Dan Haren will pitch for the Nationals in the first game and Stephen Strasburg will start the second game. The Marlins will use Tom Koehler in the first game and Brian Flynn in the second. Both games will be aired on MASN.
The announcement came after a heavy storm had parked itself over much of the east coast for most of the day. The storm stretched from Alabama to Vermont at one point in the afternoon and the radar showed early in the day that the Nationals and Marlins would be in for about four hours of rain that would cover game time.
But the teams waited it out anyway.
At this point in the season, given the dwindling number of days remaining on the schedule and the weight of many games with regard to the playoffs, the league office has a strong say in when games are postponed and rescheduled, which could’ve played into the long wait on Saturday. MLB and the umpires were largely the decision-makers, with the Nationals’ playing a diminished role.
The Nationals’ clubhouse was not opened to reporters following the announcement of the postponement.
Though they did not play, the Nationals gained a half-game on the Reds in the wild card race as the Reds fell to the Pirates, and they’ll have a chance to gain ground on Sunday if they can beat the Marlins.
During the delay, the Nationals’ ballpark operations staff showed the Pirates-Reds game on the scoreboard. When that was over, they went to a game between the Padres and Dodgers.
The Marlins announced the postponement on Twitter at 10:50 p.m., followed four minutes later by the Nationals, but those in the stadium were not alerted to the postponement until about 15 minutes later, when the stadium then began to clear of the few remaining hardy souls.
The post-game concert scheduled for Saturday night featuring Mongtomery Gentry was not rescheduled.