We went four full days without a real baseball game, and went two dark, dark days without any baseball at all. So it's only natural that the start of the Dodgers' 10-game road trip, their first game after the All-Star break, couldn't be completed on Friday night.
The Dodgers and Nationals were suspended after five innings on Friday with Washington leading 3-2, after three different delays because of malfunctioning lights at Nationals Park.
The two teams will resume Friday's game at 11:05 a.m. PT on Saturday, then begin Saturday's regularly scheduled contest (original start time 1:05 p.m. PT) after the conclusion of the first game.
Friday's game was delayed with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning when a bank of lights went out. This caused an 82-minute delay, then the clubs were able to play through the top of the fifth, when lights went out again, causing a 40-minute delay.
The Nationals took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, then after the inning was complete a bank of lights went out again, ending the night.
Even though the game lasted five innings it was not official. It is a suspended game thanks to MLB rule 4.13(a)(3):
A game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date if the game is terminated for any of the following reasons:
Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.
Mike Bolsinger started for the Dodgers and pitched four innings, including the final two batters of the fourth inning after the first long delay. He allowed one run but won't factor in the decision. Chin-hui Tsao gave up two runs in the fifth inning and is still technically in the game.
Jordan Zimmermann started and pitched four innings for Washington, all pre-delay, allowing several hard-hit balls but the two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth was the only damage the Dodgers inflicted upon him.
Tanner Roark pitched the fifth inning for the Nationals, then doubled and scored in the bottom of the inning.
The Dodgers have used Enrique Hernandez as a pinch hitter, while the Nationals have yet to use a position player off the bench.
When the game resumes on Saturday, Justin Turner is due up for the Dodgers, leading off the top of the sixth.
Taylor Swift held two concerts at Nationals Park over the All-Star break, with some players having some fun with that fact after Friday's suspension.
@taylorswift13 your concert used up all the electricity in DC..thanks for helping start the 2nd half with a bang— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) July 18, 2015
Well who was the last one to use Nationals Park last? Taylor Swift.. I blame her for the power outs tonight. We now have #BadBlood— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) July 18, 2015