The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals game was suspended due to rain on Wednesday night. The Nationals are holding a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Resumption of the game will take place at 2:05pm ET and will pick up right where it left off – with Washington coming to the plate to start the bottom of the 4th. At 7:05pm the regularly scheduled game will be played, but it will only be a 7-inning game.
Earlier in the game Reds starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman left the game with right shoulder soreness. After walking his 5th batter of the game Hoffman motioned to the dugout to come talk with him and after a short conversation with the trainer he walked off of the mound, into the dugout, and then into the tunnel – presumably to the trainers room.
As to whoever is in charge at Major League Baseball for making the final decision on whether or not to suspend the game – what took you so long. The game was delayed for three hours. The cleaning crew had been been working for more than a half an hour before the game was called. Players had already left the stadium before the game was officially suspended.
This situation also leads to a tough position for the Reds, who will play two games on Thursday, then play an afternoon game on Friday in Chicago that will begin 24 hours and 15 minutes after the resumption of Wednesday’s game on Thursday. Get some rest when you can, men, because it’s going to be rough.