The series opener between the Dodgers and Phillies was interrupted by rain, throwing a wrench into what started as a great pitching duel between Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Tuesday’s game was scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, with JT Realmuto batting with a 1-2 count against Scherzer. There was one out with Jean Segura on first base after a single to open the frame.
The rain delay started at 8:17 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.
It is coming DOWN in Philly. pic.twitter.com/JhgPfMNOwi— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 11, 2021
Segura’s hit was one of three singles off Scherzer, who struck out six in his 3⅓ innings.
Nola was even better for the Phillies, striking out seven in his four scoreless frames. He allowed only one hit, a single off the right field wall by Corey Seager in the second inning, but he was erased on a double play. Nola faced the minimum 12 batters, throwing just 51 pitches.
Scherzer was at 58 pitches when the rain delay started.
The delay, already over an hour, could last for some time.
Nope. They were just dumping the tarp. More rain is coming. If they cannot resume this game, it's allowed to be suspended under MLB's rules created last year.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 11, 2021
Better news: tonight's game will restart at approximately 10 p.m. https://t.co/BmswAGPRXp— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 11, 2021
Should the game need to be suspended, the forecast in Philadelphia calls for lesser chances of rain the next two days, with a 16-percent chance on Wednesday and an 8-percent chance on Thursday. Getaway day is a 10:05 a.m. PT start on Thursday.
Dodgers-Phillies is one of three rain delays on Tuesday night across MLB, along with Brewers-Cubs at Wrigley Field and Nationals-Mets in New York.