Neither GM Mike Rizzo or Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez placed any blame for the tarp fiasco in last Sunday’s series finale with the Baltimore Orioles in Nationals Park on the grounds crew, whose inability to get an uncooperative tarp over the field led to the two-hour delay and eventual suspension of the game.
“We couldn’t get the tarp on the field,” Martinez lamented.
“I feel bad for our grounds crew, because personally, to me these guys are the best if not one of the best, so it’s just unfortunate that that happened.”
“The field was deemed unplayable. So the game is suspended.”
Rizzo talked about the way things played out that afternoon when he spoke with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this past Wednesday.
“I support those guys,” Rizzo told the Junkies.
”[Director of Field Operations] John Turnour is the best in the business. Not one of the best. He’s the best in the business.
“He’s got a really difficult geographical city to be a head grounds crew member in in Washington D.C.
“The weather is really tricky here and [he’s navigated] it terrifically over the years.”
“He had that one hiccup and I guarantee it won’t happen again because they’re doing drills about it and they’re going to practice with how the thing rolled out,” Rizzo said.
“It was something that if you don’t know about tarps and covering fields it’s hard to kind of understand what went wrong.”
The two teams picked things up in the top of the sixth, with Baltimore up 5-2 with two on and one out for the Orioles, and they added a run when Bryan Holaday sent a weak roller toward second that Starlin Castro, positioned up the middle in a shift, knocked down but couldn’t wrangle, 6-2. Oh, Kyle Finnegan was on the mound for the Nationals.
Finnegan struck out the side in the top of the seventh, keeping it a four-run game.
Dakota Bacus, who was called up to the Nationals’ roster this afternoon, made his MLB debut in the top of the eighth inning, retiring the O’s in order in a nine-pitch frame.
Bacus returned to the mound in the top of the ninth and made it six straight outs in his debut.
Mychal Givens got the bottom of the ninth for the O’s and gave up a two-out double by Michael A. Taylor, and a walk to Trea Turner, but Adam Eaton grounded out to end it.
Final Score: 6-2 Orioles.
Nationals now 6-10