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Nats-Dodgers game suspended, and not because of weather


Nats-Dodgers game suspended, and not because of weather

[Updated 11:34 p.m.]

The Nationals and Dodgers game on Friday night was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the Nats leading 3-2 due to an issue with the lighting at Nationals Park.

The game will be resumed on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game to be played at 4:05 p.m., or 20 minutes after the first one is completed. 

The lighting problem began in the fourth inning when a bank of lights above the stadium on the third base line went out in the middle of a play with Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger on the mound. The electrical problem didn't affect the brightness of the field much, but it was enough to convince the umpire crew to send the players back into the dugout.

That caused a delay of one hour and 23 minutes. The teams then took the field again to continue playing and five more outs were recorded before they went out again at 9:50 p.m.

They then resumed after another 40 minutes, only to be delayed again moments later. Three times the lights went out before the game was finally suspended at 10:51 p.m.

"Just unforeseen circumstances," Matt Williams said. "You never know with baseball. After the second one we knew that we weren't going to do it again. You end up spending pitchers and have to sit around way too long. The fact that it happened three times, we don't know exactly why."

Jordan Zimmermann started for the Nationals and threw 63 pitches before the first delay. He was replaced by Tanner Roark when play resumed. Roark threw just seven pitches before the game was suspended.

"I’ve never seen anything like it before," Zimmermann said. "It’s unfortunate. I felt pretty good tonight when that happened. It’s just one of those things that I guess you can’t explain."

Zimmermann said afterwards he felt he could go in "a couple days" after having a relatively brief outing. But Williams will make that decision and said they will evaluate the situation on Saturday before determining their pitching plans for the following days.

The electrical issue just happens to come in the first game back at Nationals Park since the All-Star break where Taylor Swift performed two concerts at the stadium. She appeared on both Monday and Tuesday night as part of her "1989 World Tour.'

Whatever the reason, all sides seemed to agree the conditions were unplayable, even with the field mostly lit.

"It's not what players are used to," Williams explained. "Guys throw way too hard to have somebody not be able to see a baseball. You're taking people's lives in your hands at that point. We want the conditions to be appropriate and we're not going to run our guys out there. [Don Mattingly] is not going to do it, either. Baseball probably wouldn't let us do it, either. So it's not a situation where we want our guys to be out there in dim light trying to see a baseball that's coming at them hard."

Tickets to Friday's game will not be valid for either of Saturday's games. They can, however, be exchanged for a future game in 2015, depending on availability. Those with tickets to the 4:05 p.m. game can attend both games on Saturday, the Nationals announced in a press release.


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In wake of the Eaton-Frazier dilemma, what are the biggest former teammate beefs in sports?

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In wake of the Eaton-Frazier dilemma, what are the biggest former teammate beefs in sports?

Some sports beef just never go away.

On Monday, former Chicago White Sox teammates Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier had to be separated during the third inning of the New York Mets 5-3 victory over the Nationals. The two have never liked each other, and their beef with one another extends as far back as 2016. 

D.C. Sports Live's Julia Donaldson and Travis Thomas discuss what other teammate beefs in recent memory compare with the saga between Eaton and Frazier.

Donaldson initially brought up the beef between former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. The two were very critical of each other vocally to the media throughout their final season together in Pittsburgh. Their relationship reached a point of no repair, as the Steelers shipped their All-Pro receiver to the Oakland Raiders in March.

For Thomas, the first teammate beef that came to mind was the incident between former Nationals teammates Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. It's hard to forget the image of Papelbon choking out Harper for not hustling and running out the bases.

Sticking with baseball, another teammate beef from recent memory is the everlasting dislike between Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. The two were teammates from 1997-2002, and their dislike for another was very much in the public eye. Their hatred for another reached a peak in June 2002, when the two of them had to be separated from another, and Kent publicly said he wanted to leave the team. He was then dealt to Houston in the offseason. 

Other former teammate sports beefs that come to mind are Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal when they were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers. The two stars both wanted to be the clear main No. 1 option, which led the Lakers to trade Shaq to the Miami Heat. The trade ended up working out for both parties, as O'Neal won a championship in Miami, while Bryant led the Lakers to two more championships in 2009 and 2010.

What other teammate sports beefs come to mind?


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Mike Rizzo: Nationals are 'aggressively' trying to re-sign Anthony Rendon

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Mike Rizzo: Nationals are 'aggressively' trying to re-sign Anthony Rendon

The Washington Nationals have every intention of trying to reach a long-term deal with Anthony Rendon, GM Mike Rizzo said, looking to quell concern after a report Tuesday that he may be on his way out after the 2019 season.

"Anthony Rendon is a guy that we drafted, developed, signed and watch turn into a star in front of our eyes," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "He’s a guy that we’d like to have long-term. We’re certainly going to be aggressive and try to make that happen and hopefully, it will."

Nationals fans are growing anxious after the front office couldn't get a deal done with Bryce Harper, hoping a repeat wouldn't happen with Rendon who has had a breakout career with the Nats.

"We have shown that we’re not afraid to sign our own players, we’re not afraid to sign free agent players, and we’re not afraid to spend money on stars of the game and I don’t think Anthony Rendon would be any different," Rizzo said.

Grant Paulsen said on Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan's "Grant and Danny Show," that he believes the Nationals have missed their opportunity to re-sign Rendon.

"Here's something I heard from someone who recently talked to Scott Boras," Paulsen said. "Apparently, he told that person that the Nationals already missed the boat on getting a deal done with Anthony Rendon." 

Rizzo and the Nationals have already offered Rendon a contract extension in late March, to which he turned down. Since then, nothing has come to fruition. 

"It also takes two to get a deal done," Rizzo said. "We're aggressively trying to sign Anthony Rendon. We’d love to have him here as a National long-term.”

The Nationals look to bounce back after two straight losses to the New York Mets tonight at 7:10 p.m.