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In DC, city of gridlock, tarp stymies Nationals grounds crew

In DC, city of gridlock, tarp stymies Nationals grounds crew

When it rained in the top of the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals' game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, it really poured on the infield dirt, because the grounds crew had trouble unrolling the giant tarp used to protect the diamond.

WASHINGTON When it rained in the top of the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals’ game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, it really poured on the infield dirt, because the grounds crew had trouble unrolling the giant tarp used to protect the diamond.

The cover got twisted, so the 15 members of the Nationals Park crew needed more than 15 minutes to get the entire thing spread out over the dirt and even then, it was upside-down, with a sponsor logo facing the ground.

There were large puddles between the bases.

In all, a process usually completed in just a couple of minutes took more than 20 for the tarp to be properly put in place. And by then, the shower was done, anyway, leaving the sun was peeking through the clouds.

The Orioles were leading 5-2 when the delay arrived, having done all their scoring in the fifth inning against Stephen Strasburg, the World Series MVP who returned from a nerve issue in his pitching hand to make his season debut.

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  • First Published: August 10, 2020, 1:08 AM IST
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