Monday, July 28, 2014
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Game 5 Suspended

Game 5 of the World Series has been suspended.

Game 5 Suspended

Fans dressed in rain gear watch Game 5 of the World Series in a driving rain at Citizens Bank Park. The game was delayed in the sixth inning. (Steve Falk / Staff Photographer)
Fans dressed in rain gear watch Game 5 of the World Series in a driving rain at Citizens Bank Park. The game was delayed in the sixth inning. (Steve Falk / Staff Photographer)

You'll have to wait, but for how long?

A day? Two days?

Longer?

Gulp.

Major League Baseball suspended Game 5 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park in the middle of the sixth inning ... just after the Tampa Bay Rays tied the game, 2-2. I can honestly say I've never seen players in the clubhouse so angry, almost to the point where I wonder if it will affect them whenever play resumes. Players are upset because game conditions were terrible in the fourth inning, ridiculous in the fifth inning and downright comical in the sixth inning. But only after the Rays tied the game did MLB suspend play.

Coincidence?

B.J. Upton scored the game-tying run in the sixth after he hit a two-out grounder up the middle. Jimmy Rollins moved to his left, caught the ball in the hole and turned to throw to first. But the ball slipped out of his hand and Upton reached first base safely. Could Rollins have made the play under normal conditions? Maybe. He is one of the best shortstops in baseball. Upton then stole second with Carlos Ruiz barely getting a throw to the bag. Could Ruiz have made a better throw under normal conditions? Definitely, although there's no knowing if he would have thrown him out Upton or not.

Upton scored from second on Carlos Pena's single to left. Pat Burrell's throw was on target but bounced in the pool (or a pond) in front of home plate. Would a bounce on a dry surface have allowed Ruiz to get the ball a split-second sooner? Maybe.

Regardless, it was a joke. And because of this joke, Game 5 is going to be stained forever.

The Phillies just hope it doesn't stain their season.

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The game has tenatively been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, but that's not official. Both teams will go with their bullpens. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he expects Grant Balfour, who already was in the game, to continue to pitch. No word on who the Phillies might pitch.

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Should Game 5 had continued and the Phillies had won, the championship parade would have been Wednesday. That won't happen now.

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