Mets-Nationals game suspended in 3rd inning after nearly 4-hour rain delay

WASHINGTON -- — The game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals was suspended with the Nationals leading 1-0 in the third inning after a rain delay of 3 hours, 56 minutes on Saturday.

The game will be continued as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Sunday.

A light rain was falling when the game began at 4:05 p.m. EDT and soon intensified, but play continued. The Mets had runners on second and third after a one-out double by Michael Perez when the game was halted.

After the rain stopped, the tarp came off the field at around 7 p.m. Managers Buck Showalter and Dave Martinez inspected the infield, and the grounds crew continued to work on it. At one point the fans remaining at Nationals Park began a chant of “Let's play baseball,” but the game was eventually suspended at 8:39 p.m.

The Nationals got an RBI single from Joey Meneses in the first inning and loaded the bases with one out. Former Mets player Dominic Smith took a called strike on a 3-0 pitch that appeared out of the zone and soon grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Mets have allowed first-inning runs in seven straight games.


Mets: RHP Dominic Leone, who experienced elbow discomfort while warming up in the ninth inning on Friday, said he was going to play catch on Saturday to test the elbow.


Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (2-2, 5.56 ERA), who was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday in Cincinnati with neck spasms, is scheduled to pitch Sunday. Scherzer is 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA against his former team since he joined the Mets.

Nationals: RHP Jake Irvin (1-0, 0.84) tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Giants on May 8 for his first major league win.


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