April 9th, 2011

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Umpire Odds & Ends: Rain Delay Rapuano

Tonight's Dodgers-Padres game has been suspended after four rain delays, totaling 3 hours and 37 minutes. The contest, with a first pitch originally scheduled for 7:05pm PT, was finally suspended during the game's fourth rain delay, at 1:41am PT the next day: 6 hours and 36 minutes after its scheduled start. It will be concluded prior to the next scheduled contest between the two teams, today, at 5:35pm PT. The contest began with a delayed first pitch, which occurred at 7:29pm PT. The contest was delayed in the top of the second inning as a powerful cell moved into the area. After 1 hour and 34 minutes, play resumed until another delay was called in the middle of the 6th inning, immediately after the Dodgers had scored to tie the contest at 2-2. The contest is still tied, 2-2, in the top of the 9th, with none out and Dodgers baserunner Matt Kemp on first base. Padres pitcher Heath Bell is of record, and the next Dodgers batter has not yet officially been announced as of the delay and suspension. How do you think 1B Umpire Ed Rapuano fared in his first suspension as a full time Crew Chief?

The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 4-2, in 11 innings. The final time of game was 4:19 with a 3:36 delay, a total of 7 hours and 55 minutes.

News: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0409-dodgers-padres-20110409,0,7062881.story
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Umpire Odds & Ends: Instances of Interference

As one of our UEFL commenters noted, "it's rare you see interference at the major league level... and tonight it was called three times!" Let's review:

1) Vanover (WSH@NYM): With three on and none out in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Nationals-Mets game, Mets batter Josh Thole hit a 0-0 fastball from Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten back up the middle. Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond attempted to field the ball on the third base side of the second base bag, where Mets baserunner Ike Davis was taking his secondary lead. Contact did not appear to have occurred (it doesn't have to), and Davis was ruled out for interference by 2B Umpire Larry Vanover. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 8-4.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13634861

2) Davidson (TOR@LAA): With two on and two out in the top of the 13th inning of the Blue Jays-Angels game, Blue Jays batter Edwin Encarnacion hit a 0-1 slider from Angels pitcher Jason Bulger to the area between third base and shortstop. Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo attempted to field the ball, where Blue Jays baserunner Yunel Escobar was running. Contact did not appear to have occured, and Escobar was ruled out for interference by 3B Umpire Bob Davidson. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 6-5, in 14 innings.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13640527

3) Hickox (LAD@SD): With three on and two out in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Dodgers-Padres game, Padres batter Cameron Maybin hit a 2-1 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Jonathan Broxton softly on the ground to the area between third base and shortstop. Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake charged the grounder and collided with Padres baserunner Chase Hedley, who was ruled out for interference by 3B Umpire Ed Hickox to end the game, which the Dodgers won, 4-0. Hickox also served as HP Umpire during the first game of the Dodgers-Padres quasi-double header. Good call?

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13640259


Relevant Rule: 7.09(j): A batter is out for interference when... he fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball...

Related Article: Umpire Odds & Ends: Interference Ends Game (09/05/2010)
- Tidbit: Alfonso Marquez, who was featured in this related Umpire Odds & Ends, was also involved in the current version. Alfonso was the 2B Umpire for the current contest, which also ended with an interference call at third base.