first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins has appeared in 2,164 major league games between the regular season and postseason. He’d only been on the field during a heavier downpour once before Friday.“The (2008) World Series rain had bigger drops,” Rollins said. “But when the ball went up (Friday) you couldn’t really see it.”The umpires agreed with Rollins at 9:23 p.m. Mountain Time with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the sixth inning. After a delay of one hour and 40 minutes, the Dodgers were declared the victors of the rain-shortened, five-inning game.Dodgers starter Brett Anderson pitched all five innings and allowed only one unearned run. “I’ve given my opinion on replay,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You like it when it goes your way but I think (MLB) should take the human element out as much as possible.”Mattingly advocated against the notion of a call being upheld by virtue of lack of evidence to overturn it Tuesday, when the Dodgers lost on such a play in Milwaukee.By the time the review was complete, the infield was soaked. The grounds crews dumped dirt on the field and the mound, and play resumed for the sixth inning.The Dodgers were threatening to score with Alex Guerrero at bat. But the rain hadn’t let up, and umpires postponed the game for an hour and 40 minutes before calling it off. The start of the game had already been postponed by 64 minutes due to the weather.The actual game lasted just an hour and 41 minutes.Prior to the series, Mattingly said that Friday’s game had the best chance of the three to be played. Forecasts called for more rain over the weekend with the possibility of snow over Denver on Sunday.This one nearly didn’t become official.“I can’t believe we played through the fifth,” Anderson said. “That was probably the hardest rain I’ve ever been a part of.”Anderson said that gripping the baseball was becoming an issue for him, to say nothing of Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler’s struggles in the sixth. Anderson appeared to slip on the mound at least once.Had the game been allowed to resume, Anderson said he would not have gone back out to pitch. So he went back into the clubhouse for a meal while his teammates played cards.By the time the game was declared official, few of the announced crowd of 32,974 remained.The Dodgers scored both their runs off Butler in the first inning, on an RBI double by Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Grandal.center_img “You’d probably win a lot of money if you had this as the first complete-game win for the Dodgers,” he quipped.The rain was so hard, Anderson wasn’t sure the fifth inning would be completed. The umpires extended the game even farther than that.The fifth inning ended on a disputed call at home plate, when Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tagged out Charlie Blackmon for the third out.With Blackmon on second base, Corey Dickerson beat out an infield single to Dodgers second baseman Justin Turner. Blackmon rounded third base and headed for home.Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wheeled the ball to the plate, and home plate umpire Tim Timmons called Blackmon out on the tag. Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the call and after a 3-minute, 11-second review the call stood.last_img

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