The tarp lies on the field during a delay before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
By BENJAMIN STANDIG Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The series opener between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals was delayed for 3 hours, 5 minutes on Thursday night despite negligible rain.
The Nationals' scheduled game Wednesday night against the New York Mets was postponed amid a downpour, but only a very brief shower hit Nationals Park on Thursday before first pitch was thrown at 10:10 p.m.
The grounds crew didn't put the tarp on the infield until 74 minutes after scheduled first pitch. Light rain eventually fell, but only for a couple of minutes.
During the delay, a tweet from Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte read, "This No-Rain delay is something I've never seen before!!" When someone suggested he and his teammates take advantage of the break with some slip-and-slide fun on the tarp, Inciarte responded, "Can't. The tarp is dry."
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