The Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks will resume their game on Wednesday in the top of the 8th inning at 5:10pm ET. It will be followed by the regularly scheduled game (which will begin no earlier than 6:40pm ET, but could start later depending on the length of the resumed game).
Per the Reds, if you had tickets to the game on Tuesday you will need tickers for he regularly scheduled game on Wednesday in order to get in. They, however, will offer discounted tickets for the “double header” on Wednesday if you did have tickets for Tuesday. If you have a ticket for the regularly scheduled game on Wednesday then you can attend both games.
An extra player will be allowed for game two on Wednesday, but that player is only eligible for the second game.
When the game resumes play on Wednesday the Diamondbacks will have the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 8th inning. We got there after a difficult inning by the Reds relievers and by the umpires on the field. Tejay Antone allowed a game tying leadoff homer before being replaced by Amir Garrett. He allowed a walk and a double before a lineout to Eugenio Suárez went down in the books for the 1st out of the inning. That was the last batter he faced before manager David Bell turned the game over to Lucas Sims.
In the middle of an absolute downpour of both rain and sleet, Lucas Sims hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. He would then walk the next batter to put Arizona up 5-4. At that point Sims basically refused to continue pitching. He asked for a new baseball, then tossed it off of the field. He did the same thing with two other baseballs. Ben Verlander of Fox Sports has the clip:
Here's how it all went down in Cincinnati.
Absurd the tarp wasn't called for while rain and sleet are pouring down and Sims had no command.
When the grounds crew is finally called for, it's for mound repair. pic.twitter.com/Hk5bggFVG1
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) April 21, 2021
Despite all of that going on, the umpires called the grounds crew to the field to work on the mound. They attempted that for about one minute while the Reds walked off of the field. THEN the tarp was called for and the game was delayed. It was ultimately suspended at that point in one of the most ridiculous five minutes of baseball you’ll see.
If you’re looking for the game resumption thread and preview for game two, head on over here and join in the discussion.