We always love to hear the broadcaster say “it’s a beautiful day for baseball.” Thursday in Kansas City was decidedly not that. The temperature was in the mid-30’s with rain coming down in increasingly large amounts. The stands were nearly empty, with the few brave fans around bundled up for the elements as though it was the middle of winter. The players were dressed as much for skiing as for baseball, wearing ski masks over their faces and long, heavy sleeves over their arms. Despite all of that, three and a half innings of baseball were still played, but they fell short of the necessary five for an official game as the rain picked up and even turned into snow, and this game will be made up as a later date. The Rays and Royals really hoped to get this game in because the Rays won’t be coming back to Kansas City, but the weather had other ideas.
This game getting washed away can be viewed as a break the Rays. In this game, Roberto Hernandez was doing OK, allowing just 1 run in 3 innings, but Ervin Santana was great for Kansas City, allowing just 2 hits in 4 shutout innings, striking out 7 against 3 walks. In the grand scheme of things, the Rays have been struggling through a terrible series in Kansas City, enduring tough losses in their last two games, and making this game up when the weather is hotter and hopefully their team is as well could make all the difference. For now, the Rays can just enjoy the rest of the day off and now have to hope for better weather as they head to Colorado, which has seen snow itself the past few days. Matt Moore will hope to get the Rays back in the win column against Jeff Francis and the Rockies at 8:40 PM EST on Friday night.