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So now what? Rays, Phillies wait to resume Game 5

So now what? Rays, Phillies wait to resume Game 5

Nobody won, nobody lost. So now what?
The Philadelphia Phillies could be three innings from a World Series championship. Or the Tampa Bay Rays could start a three-game winning streak.
"It's just another little twist to the story of an unbelievable season," Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena said.
Suspended after 5 1/2 innings Monday night with the score tied 2-all, the fifth game of the World Series between the Rays and Phillies will resume in Philadelphia when the weather permits.
That could take awhile. More rain was expected Tuesday and perhaps after that, putting baseball's showcase event on hold.
"I'm really not anticipating so many days into the future," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm anticipating either tomorrow or the next day that this thing is going to happen."
Whenever the teams get back on the field, it will be an unfamiliar scenario.
Play will pick up with the Phillies coming to bat in the bottom of the sixth and ace pitcher Cole Hamels due to lead off. So the first batter almost certainly will be a pinch hitter, ending Hamels' outing.
"You're not going to win against Mother Nature," he said.
Hamels threw 75 pitches over six effective innings in wet, blustery conditions Monday night. If the Phillies score in the sixth and protect the lead for three innings, he would be credited with a win.
That would make him 5-0 in five starts this postseason, an unprecedented accomplishment.
"We've got to look at it as a 0-0 game and come out and win it," Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett said.
Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir is already out of the game, but every other player is available. Kazmir was taken out of the game after walking six batters in four-plus innings.
Grant Balfour relieved for the Rays and escaped a fifth-inning jam. No telling what pitching move Maddon might make, but he said he'll likely keep the game in the hands of his relievers.
"We'll probably utilize our bullpen. We have a pretty rested bullpen, based on today's events," he said. "Grant is in the game as of right now."
Maddon said he'll save "Big Game" James Shields to start a potential Game 6 at Tampa Bay and Matt Garza for Game 7 _ even though Shields would be fully rested by Tuesday.
"We don't want to utilize those pitchers tomorrow or the next day," Maddon said.
The rain gives Hamels a chance to come back later in the series, if it lasts long enough.
In the meantime, fans holding Game 5 tickets were told they could use them again whenever the game resumes.
"They may say it's cheap. But anyway you can get one, you get one," Rays reliever J.P. Howell said. "We're glad to be able to play another day."


Updated : 2021-05-14 01:57 GMT+08:00