LANCASTER -- The Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution took a page out of the 2008 World Series on Thursday night.
With the Barnstormers leading 3-1 through four innings in Lancaster in Game Two of the Atlantic League Freedom Division Championship Series, umpires called for a rain delay and later a suspension.
As a result, the game will pick back up in Lancaster on Friday night. League rules dictate that any playoff game suspended must be picked up where it left off. As a result, the Barnstormers and Revs will continue the game Friday in the top of the fifth inning with Lancaster up 3-1. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m.
It's reminiscent of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays, when Game Five was suspended midway through due to rain and continued where it left off the next day.
"We're gonna come back tomorrow at 7:05 in the top of the fifth inning right where we left off and play four-and-half or five-and-a-half or eight innings or how ever long it takes," Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren said.
The remainder of the playoff schedule will be pushed back a day, which means Game Three of the series in York will be played Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. Games Four and Five, if necessary, will be played in York on Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Decision: The suspension came after a wild few hours at Clipper Magazine Stadium. With a storm system heading toward Lancaster, Barnstormers' officials decided to put the tarp on the field before the original starting time of 7:05 p.m. After a long delay without any rain, the game finally got under way at 8:38 p.m. Rain finally started falling just a few minutes later.
The rain stopped at the start of the second inning before coming back down around the top of the third and continued the rest of the night.
"I think (Lancaster manager) Butch (Hobson) and I both told (Barnstormers' CEO) Jon Danos that if there's chance of rain we don't want to lose our starting pitchers," Etchebarren said.
"That first storm that was coming looked like it couldn't miss us. So, that's where we're at. We'll make the best of it."
Game: The Revs took the first lead of the game in the second inning on a solo homer to right-center from Michael Hernandez. York missed quite a few more opportunities to plate runs by going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position through the first four innings.
Lancaster took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run homer from Blake Gailen off of York starter Corey Thurman, who had his no-hit bid broken up at the start of the inning when Gilberto Mejia reached on a bunt.
The Revs then committed two errors with two outs to put runners on first and second for Lancaster's Travis Denker, who drove in a run with a bloop-single to left to push the lead to 3-1.
"I think that played into (umpire crew chief Mark) Facto stopping the game, too," Etchebarren said. "I think he didn't want the game determined by weather. I don't disagree with stopping the game."
Korpi gets call for Revs: Etchebarren said reliever Wade Korpi will start the fifth inning for York on Friday. Hobson will go with either starting pitcher Mark Brackman or his bullpen.
Any fans with questions about the schedule or tickets can contact the York Revolution box office at 801-HITS or visit www.yorkrevolution.com.
--Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.