Wow! Even NFL teams would have had difficulty playing in the cold rain and mud that the Rays and Phillies experienced last night in Game 5 of the World Series! But play they did - until the Commissioner's Office decided to order the game to be stopped and suspended until either tonight or Wednesday night or whenever the playing conditions improve. The word is that MLB wants the game to be resumed tonight at 8:00 PM, even if it is still drizzling and cold.
Starters Hamels and Kazmir pitched well in a horrible environment. But by the fifth inning, it was clear to me that the field conditions were making a travesty of the game. The 2007 MVP, Gold Glover Jimmy Rollins, could not catch a routine pop-up that the wind blew from the outfield grass near second base all the way to the infield grass towards third base. The hitters had to keep wiping off their bats; the pitchers could barely get a good grip on the ball; the fielders were in jeopardy of slipping & sliding. At the end of five innings, the Phillies led 2-1.
In the top of the sixth inning, Rollins had trouble getting to B.J. Upton's routine ground ball and it slipped out of his glove allowing Upton to reach first safely. Then Upton somehow managed to steal second base without falling down in the mud between first and second. Pena hit a clean single to score Upton with the tying run. Then, after Hamels recorded the third out, the game was stopped before the Phillies could come up to bat in the bottom of the sixth. In former years, Philadelphia would have won the World Series, as the score would have reverted back to 2-1 at the end of five innings. But MLB changed the rules, so this one was declared a Suspended Game. When it resumes, it will be the bottom of the sixth inning with the Phillies coming up to bat. It sure would be nice to have the Series end in Philly!