PHILADELPHIA -- The game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies scheduled for Monday night was postponed because of rain. It was rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader Tuesday starting at 3:05 p.m.
The Nationals have been rained out on consecutive days and endured several hours of rain delays in their weekend series at home against the Cubs.
Field conditions were poor because of weekend rain and the field at Citizens Bank Park had not been covered. Workers used blow torches to try to dry the field but it was too wet.
The field at Citizens Bank Park is lit. 🔥— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 10, 2018
No, really, they're using blowtorches in an attempt to dry the field for tonight's game. 😳 pic.twitter.com/MpBqvvXSMZ
Prior to the game, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and club manager Davey Martinez recollected old stories on how they used to dry minor league baseball fields. The most prominent one including the use of gasoline being poured on the dirt and then set it on fire.
Fortunately (or not?), the grounds crew in Philadelphia never got that far.
The Phillies began the day 4 games behind Atlanta in the NL East.
Earlier in the day, the game between the Miami Marlins and Mets in New York was called off because of rain. There have been 51 weather-related postponements in the majors this season after there were 39 all of last year.
Weather tomorrow is not looking too kind either in Philadelphia with rain on the forecast for a majority of the day.
NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this report.
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