A night filled with oddities and delays, ended with another one Saturday night. A 3-3 game was postponed after the skies opened up in the bottom of the 8th inning. The initial delay for rain was the third of the game, but with forecasts predicting several more hours of rain until at least 2:00am EST, the decision was made to suspend play.
The contest will resume tomorrow at 2:10 EST. The final game of the four-game series between the Tigers and White Sox will begin following the conclusion of Saturday night’s tie game. Anibal Sanchez will oppose White Sox ace Jose Quintana in that one.
The suspension will make for some tough decisions for managers Brad Ausmus and Robin Ventura. The White Sox’ bullpen is largely taxed after handling all eight innings, and the Tigers are down to Francisco Rodriguez, Justin Wilson, Dustin Molleken and Kyle Ryan. Whomever Ausmus and Ventura choose will be unavailable for the regularly scheduled game to follow.
After catching a big break by missing Chris Sale, who was booted from his start after he chopped up the team's throwback jerseys in a fit of pique, the Tigers' offense struggled to take advantage. They scored one in the first, but it wasn't until they scratched out a run on a Nick Castellanos RBI single in the eighth that the Tigers got themselves back in it. Yet Matt Boyd and more stellar relief work from Alex Wilson, Bruce Rondon and Shane Greene have the Tigers in position to make amends in what will play like the equivalent of extra innings baseball tomorrow.
Chris Sale will not start tmrw. White Sox Robin Ventura declined to discuss the situation further or comment about any disciplinary action— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) July 24, 2016
Hey Chris Sale, how do you feel about these unis? ✂ pic.twitter.com/x6aqoWLnYD— Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) July 24, 2016