I mean, I understood why they tried to wait out a pretty good rainstorm which finally hit Wrigley Field about 8 p.m., around an hour after game time. Had they started on time — and it wasn’t raining then — they would have had to interrupt the game in the third inning or so, meaning both teams would have lost their starting pitchers.
It rained hard for 20 minutes or so, then more lightly, the grounds crew prepared the field... but lights went out on the right-field side, as shown above, and despite several attempts to get them working, the field could not be fully lighted:
Tonight’s game has been postponed due to a limited power outage in the ballpark affecting the operation of lights in right field and the forecast for continued rain in the area.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 19, 2018
The game will be made up tomorrow, June 19, as the first game of a split doubleheader at 12:05 p.m. pic.twitter.com/PP9V9AN4N2
That’s all well and good, and I’m well aware that this is the only visit by the Dodgers to Wrigley this year and common off days for a makeup don’t really exist.
But they could have called this off earlier than 9:50, and this tweet sums things up well:
I agree with this completely. Even after I saw tweets from the beat writers confirming that the game was postponed, no announcement was made over the P.A. system for several minutes.
So they’ll play a pair Tuesday, with the following pitching:
#Cubs Chatwood will start 1st game, Montgomery 2nd game on Tuesday— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 19, 2018
And Dodgers will go with Maeda in day game and Hill in night game vs #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 19, 2018
This will create a bit of a crunch for the Cubs later in the week, as Chatwood’s next regular turn would come up Saturday against the Reds; perhaps that will become a bullpen game.
In any case, a pair Tuesday, the preview for Game 1 posts at 10 a.m. CT.