Light failure causes 18-minute delay at Comerica Park


Zach Libby

A nearby substation going off line caused a delay in Game 3 of the ALCS at Comerica Park. Even though it was a day game, due to the overcast skies, the umpires decided to have the game delayed for safety measures.

Even though the power was restored, it took 17 minutes for the lights at Comerica Park to warm up completely and have full power. The delay began at 4:42 p.m. and resumed at exactly 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Starting pitchers Justin Verlander and John Lackey were given as much time as possible to warm up after the delay. It was obvious that both pitchers were extremity frustrated with the delay, given that it was the second inning.

“I didn’t like it. I was in a groove,” Justin Verlander said to USA Today, who was on pace for a postseason record six-consecutive strikeouts. He later said that it didn’t affect his pitching as the game continued.

John Lackey showed no signs of discomfort as his went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second. Lackey ultimately picked up the win by allowing no runs and striking out two.