Original tickets to suspended Nats-Yankees game won't be honored

Chris Lingebach
May 16, 2018 - 12:35 pm
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Tuesday's suspended game between the Nationals and Yankees will be resumed at 5:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Wednesday's originally scheduled game will begin no earlier than 7:05 p.m.

However, the Nationals announced they will not be honoring tickets or parking passes from the suspended game, as the May 15 contest is considered an official game.

As you'll note in the replies to the tweet above, fans are not happy.

The Nats, trying to spark a rally Tuesday, pinch-hit for pitcher Gio Gonzalez in the bottom of the fifth inning but came up empty. By rule, the Nats would have been credited with a win if they as the home team led after five and a half innings. After the Yankees went scoreless in the top of the sixth, play was finally suspended with a 3-3 tie.

Also by rule, a game called for weather is official if: 1) five innings have been completed; 2) the home team has scored more runs in four or four-and-a-fraction half-innings than the visiting team has scored in five completed half-innings; the home team scores one or more runs in its half of the fifth inning to tie the score.

If an official game is called with the score tied, it shall become a suspended game (to be resumed later).

In other words, Tuesday's game reached the requisite five and a half innings to be considered official, and will be resumed because the score is tied. But for ticketing purposes, it will be considered a new game. Of course, a lot more rain is in Wednesday's forecast.

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