Saturday, April 9, 2011
Dodgers pick up Friday's win on Saturday
By Doug Kern
It took almost an entire day to complete, but Tony Gwynn Jr.’s RBI single in the top of the 11th gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the lead for good as they defeated the San Diego Padres.
Friday night's game, which became Saturday evening’s game, officially started at 7:05 Pacific Time on Friday and didn’t end until 6:55 on Saturday.
The game was suspended in the top of the ninth inning at 1:40 AM Saturday morning, after four different rain delays.
By comparison, the 22-inning game that the Padres played against the Rockies on April 17, 2008 ended at 1:21 am.
The final playing time of the game came in at four hours and 19 minutes, while the delay time almost matched it at three hours and 36 minutes.
According to SABR -- which published a list a couple years ago with some of the obscure delays that have affected baseball games over the years -- this was the sixth game that featured four separate rain delays.
While the delays were lengthy they still fell way short of the all-time record for combined length of rain delays in one game, which was five hours and 54 minutes.
This marked the third suspended game over the last two seasons. The last one in 2010 happened between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins on May 25. That was stopped after five innings of scoreless ball and completed on May 26. Derek Jeter hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth for the only scoring in the game.
The other was between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox on April 16 of last season. That was halted with two out in the top of the ninth and the score tied 1-1. Pat Burrell eventually hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th.