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Cubs-Dodgers Game Postponed By Rain, Partial Power Outage

The teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday, starting at 12:05 p.m.

June 18, 2018 - 10:06 pm
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(670 The Score) After a nearly three-hour delay, the Cubs-Dodgers game at Wrigley Field on Monday evening was postponed by a combination of rain and what was termed a "limited power outage."

Despite it being mostly clear leading up to the 7:05 p.m. start, the game was delayed by impending rain in the forecast. It came more than an hour later. The efforts to still get the game in Monday were then complicated by a partial power outage, as three banks of lights on the first-base side and down the right-field line flickered off and on. There were also some lights in the stands on the third-base side that were malfunctioning. 

"We were having issues with the right-field lights this evening," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. "Unfortunately, we were not able to get them fully operational. There appears to be a limited power outage that impacted the right field-lights operation. We can't play baseball without a full bank of lights in a ballpark. We were also dealing with a pretty heavy storm system, which was in the area, which we were projecting for the next couple of hours."

The teams will make the game up at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The reason they put so much effort into playing Monday and rescheduled the game for Tuesday is because this is the Dodgers' only trip to Wrigley Field this season.

Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood and Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda will start the opener Tuesday, the teams confirmed. They had been set to start Monday night.

The power outage wasn't immediately solved late Monday, as the Cubs planned to work on it through the night with hopes of all power being restored to play both games Tuesday. It's possible the outage may linger into Tuesday and affect the day's plans.

"We have to consider what type of daylight we are getting," Green said. "Is it overcast? That is the part of the plan we look at tomorrow. Can we use the daylight as an advantage to get in a 12:05 game? When we put the players on the field, we want to make sure we allow them to compete and play baseball safely."

If all goes as planned, the Cubs and Dodgers will end up playing three games in about a 28-hour window, as the series finale is set for Wednesday at 1:20 p.m.

"This is a challenge," Green said. "We are talking about one of the best gameday staffs in the business. They have to get back here and be ready to open the park 90 minutes before the game. So you have to turn the staff. You must have the resources and products in place for concessions. Obviously, a lot of problems and challenges for our fans who were planning on seeing a great game tonight, traveling from near and far. Now they must try and make a 12:05 game Tuesday during the day. We hope they can make it, but it is a significant challenge."