The Washington Times - May 5, 2009, 04:51PM

Just when you thought this game couldn’t get any weirder, now we’re in a rain delay with the game tied at 10 in the bottom of the 11th. The Nationals have Elijah Dukes on first base.

There were a handful of lead changes from the sixth through the ninth, with both bullpens imploding on several occasions. Julian Tavarez, Garrett Mock and Kip Wells combined to give up five runs in four innings. The Astros actually took a 9-8 lead into the ninth, only to blow it on Cristian Guzman’s first homer of the year. The Nationals, in turn, gave up a run in the ninth when Kip Wells surrendered a leadoff double to Hunter Pence and the Astros moved him around the bases with a groundout and a sacrifice fly.


To make matters worse (or at least more interesting), the Nationals have emptied their bench (Wells had to bat in the ninth) and have just two relievers left—Mike Hinckley and Logan Kensing. Houston also has two left. LaTroy Hawkins and Joel Hanrahan are in the game right now for the Astros and Nationals, respectively—not exactly two relievers with lockdown track records. And, the Nats still have a flight to the West Coast pending after this one.

Anybody know how long this rain system is supposed to last?