CHICAGO — The finale of a two-game series with the White Sox has been called in the fourth inning due to rain. Oh, they certainly tried to get this game in.
The first delay was in the first with Cecil Cooper at the plate, and it lasted 68 minutes. There was one delay in each of the four innings. The “game” lasted four hours and 20 minutes, though three hours and one minute of that was due to delays.
The White Sox did all they could to keep their fans entertained. But after the second delay, they had run out of highlight and blooper films. For the third delay, they showed clips of their minor league teams. For the fourth, they resorted to showing Three Stooges reruns.
They really had no business even trying to play this game. The outfield was completely underwater, and Brewers bullpen coach Larry Haney said that the water was over his shoe tops when walking in from the bullpen.
The problem, though, was that the Brewers won’t be playing the White Sox again this season in Chicago. A date has not been rescheduled, but it’s possible that if the game has playoff implications it will be played after the regular season ends.
The Brewers may not have appreciated the long night, but they were trailing 2-1 when it was called. Better yet, the Royals beat the Red Sox tonight, so the Brewers “pulled into” a tie for the AL East lead.
As such, there was no grumbling in the Brewers clubhouse after the game. Even manager Harvey Kuenn, who has an 8:27 AM tee time at the Greater Milwaukee Open Pro-Am, took it in stride. “I’ll just sleep before… and after.”
The Brewers take on the Twins tomorrow in Milwaukee.