It’s a wash
If you asked the coaches, the game was over.
If you asked the umpires, Tuesday’s twice-delayed game between the Tiffin Saints and Ohio Travelers was going to be delayed a third time.
Saints manager Ryan Parent and Travelers manager Jay Zeiter agreed that according to major league rules, it’s considered a complete game since the bottom of the fifth had begun with the Saints in front.
The umpires determined, that despite the Saints being in front 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth when the monsoon rain began, that the game would be considered suspended and the decision to rule it a complete game would be left to IBL Commissioner Eric Spitaleri.
Late Tuesday evening, the game was ruled a complete game.
“We were hoping to get the game in with the rain and everything. We knew the weather was coming but we were just hoping to get a good game in and see what happens,” Parent said.
The Travelers (10-10) put two on the board in the first two innings. With two outs in the first inning, Scott Underwood singled to center to drive in Ray Frias.
In the second inning, Efrain Gonzalez, who reached on an error, scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Waterloo.
But scoring was a problem for the Travelers the rest of the night, as Ohio had eight hits but couldn’t plate them when needed.
“We hit the ball very well,” Zeiter said. “We need to score runs when we get guys on base. That’s where we’re lacking right now. Two runs on eight hits in five innings?”
The Saints (12-9) took the lead with a big inning in the bottom of the second.
Shane Klemcke walked on four straight pitches and Tyler Surnbrock singled before Angel Vargas drove in both with a double to right field.
John Perea singled to score Vargas and give the Saints the 3-2 lead.
“We were hitting. We were doing good. We had a couple of opportunities that we missed on,” Parent said.
The Saints tacked on another in the fourth with Tyler Crandall reaching on a fielder’s choice. He stole second and advanced to third when the throw to second caromed into the outfield.
Crandall scored when Evan King reached on an error.
“We had one tough inning where we gave up an extra run there and one tough inning where they hit the ball pretty well,” Zeiter said.
Chris Thomas picked up his second victory in as many tries. He struck out one, walked nobody and scattered eight hits. Only one of the runs he surrendered was earned.
“We hit into double plays and pop outs and things like that that we needed to take advantage of,” Zeiter said.
Justin Langhill took the loss. His knuckleball didn’t have a lot of effective movement, leading to seven hits and two walks. He struck out two.
“I didn’t think our pitcher pitched too bad,” Zeiter said. “He was getting (his knuckler) up a little bit. He needs a little bit of a current and when the game started, it was pretty calm. He needed a little bit of wind to move that a little bit more. It wasn’t moving.”
Parent said his team was seeing the knuckleball well.
“The last time we played them, we were able to see it. I don’t know if he just can’t get it to work or what’s going on,” Parent said. “I don’t know if we’re just hitting them or if his pitches just are not working. But we’re doing good.”