Title: Miami Marlins Manager Frustrated Over Rain Delay Handling by New York Mets’ Grounds Crew
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Miami Marlins manager, Skip Schumaker, voiced his frustration with the New York Mets’ grounds crew over their handling of a rain delay during their recent game. The Marlins rallied in the ninth inning to take the lead against the Mets, only for the game to be suspended due to rain after a lengthy delay of 3 hours and 17 minutes.
The Marlins find themselves in a critical position in the playoff race, holding the tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs for the third and final NL wild-card spot. Therefore, the outcome of this game carries significant weight for their postseason aspirations. The game will be resumed from the point of suspension if necessary to determine a playoff berth. However, if it is not needed, the score will revert to a 1-0 victory for the Mets.
Marlins general manager, Kim Ng, declined to comment on whether the suspension could have been avoided or if the game could have been completed in the ninth. The rainout and doubleheader earlier in the series had already impacted the team’s pitching plans for the crucial final days of the playoff race, which further aggravated team officials.
To address the frustrations caused by the delay, Mets owner Steven Cohen apologized to the Marlins before the start of their doubleheader on Wednesday. Despite the apology, the Marlins remained focused on their upcoming flight to Pittsburgh and did not provide any additional comments to reporters.
Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, the Marlins displayed exceptional resilience during the game. The heaviest downpours were expected closer to midnight, yet the team managed to rally in a downpour before the game was ultimately interrupted.
Adding to the Marlins’ performance, starter Jesus Luzardo pitched brilliantly, recording the most strikeouts for a Miami left-hander this season. His stellar display showcased the team’s determination to secure their spot in the playoffs.
As the suspended game lingers over the Marlins’ heads, they remain hopeful that their efforts will pay off and contribute to their postseason aspirations. The team eagerly awaits the decision on whether the game will resume, and they are ready to compete vociferously until the very last out.
In the meantime, the Marlins will continue their preparations for their important upcoming games in Pittsburgh, hoping to maintain their momentum in the tight playoff race.
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