UPDATE: Play resumed at about 4:59 PM Eastern. The delay was officially 17 minutes. It isn’t expected to affect either pitcher adversely.
4: 50 PM: It’s 0-0 in bottom of the second inning at Comercia Park for Game 3 of the ALCS, but there is a delay in the action: there was a power surge and the lights have gone off. They are apparently turning them back on and off again or whatever you need to do to reboot the system. It was presumed there would be a 15-minute delay or so until play could be resumed.
It’s obviously still daylight out, but it’s a gray day in Detroit and the game started with the lights all on, so apparently they want to make sure the game is played under uniform conditions. Starters John Lackey and Justin Verlander will be given as much time as they require to warm up once play resumes.
A greater implication, however: the weather. Rain is in the forecast for sometime after 7pm this evening in Detroit, so officials clearly would like to get the game in before it starts to get wet out.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.