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Monday, October 27, 2008

World Series Game 5: Rays 2, Phillies 2 (Suspended)

Bottom 1st: After Cole Hamels retired the Rays in order, Scott Kazmir got Jimmy Rollins to fly out to lead off the bottom half of the frame, but he loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks, the last Pat Burrell. Shane Victorino cashed in two on an RBI single to make it 2-0 Phillies.

Top 2nd: Hamels surrenders his first baserunner of the game, walking Dioner Navarro, but he gets Rocco Baldelli to pop out harmlessly to second. Evan Longoria's struggles at the plate continue, as he flied out earlier in the frame.

Bottom 3rd: Kazmir strikes out Victorino to retire the side in order for the first time, which is a good thing for the Rays starter; he's already up to 57 pitches.

Top 4th: Carlos Pena gets his first hit of the World Series, smacking a one-out double over Jayson Werth's head in right. That brings up Evan Longoria, who's looking to end a streak of futility at the plate. He promptly smacks a 1-0 pitch into left center to get the Rays on the board with an RBI single, 2-1. Dioner Navarro bounces into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Bottom 4th: The Phils manage to load the bases again — and strand everyone, again — as Chase Utley hits right into the shift. Kazmir is struggling with 90 pitches, but there was some movement before the inning ended.

Top 5th: Jimmy Rollins loses a sky-high popup in the lights and rain. The ball rolls off the heel of his glove, letting Rocco Baldelli reach on the error. Chase Utley recovers on a 4-3 unassisted double play, as he tags Baldelli going past and flips to first to make the double play. Kazmir unexpectedly bats for himself as the rain intensifies, and strikes out swinging on a ball in the dirt to end the frame.

Bottom 5th: Kazmir walks Ryan Howard on four pitches to start the inning. It's looking like Joe Maddon is thinking about bringing in Grant Balfour, who's warming up in the bullpen. The temperatures are now in the low 40's.

Maddon finally finds the hook after Kazmir walks Pat Burrell. Because of the rain, the infield is in increasingly terrible condition, leading to a very long pitching change that indeed brings in Balfour after the grounds crew tries to ameliorate the damage caused by the rain. Balfour gets a pair of harmless popups with men on first and second, and the Rays escape with their one-run lead intact.

Top 6th: With two out, B.J. Upton reached on a ball that would likely have been an inning-ending 6-3 groundout under dry conditions; as it was, Jimmy Rollins was only able to get to the ball but not get a throw in to first. That led to a stolen base and an RBI single by Carlos Pena, who knotted the game 2-2. Evan Longoria ended the frame with a flyball out, but the worsening weather caused the umpires to suspend the game until Tuesday.

No World Series game, once started, has not been completed. DuPuy said the radar forecast for Tuesday is not promising -- more rain is predicted for the area.

"The weather tomorrow is supposed to be worse," DuPuy said. "It's supposed to be colder and it's supposed to continue to rain and be very windy. So we wanted to play tonight for that reason."

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