GARY | If you came here looking for a baseball game, it's starting a little late.
The American Association and Can-Am Leagues will do everything possible to get the game in. Even if it means starting at 10:15 p.m.
The rain started about 6:30 p.m. and the suite levels and press box were evacuated at around 6:45 p.m. After the first bursts of rain, fans were allowed back in the suites, but those under the concourse coverage were asked to stay out of the seating area.
The rain returned, and the big winds coming with it.
As of 8:45, the managers, umpires, head groundskeeper and RailCats general manager had met twice. They determined that a 10:15 p.m. start time was acceptable. The American Association and Can-Am Leagues waived the midnight curfew to allow the game to be played.
Tonight's starters (if we ever start):
SS Jeff Helps
3B Jonathan Malo
CF Sebastien Boucher
DH Rene Leveret
C Josue Peley
LF Royce Consigli
1B Jean-Luc Blaquiere
RF Asif Shah
2B Carlos Willoughby
RHP Charle Rosario (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
LF Adam Klein
RF Mike MAssaro
DH Cristian Guerrero
C Craig Maddox
1B Steve Liddle
3B Danny Pulfer
CF Drew Martinez
SS Zac Mitchell
2B Chase Tucker
RHP Alain Quijano (3-2, 5.08 ERA)
At 9:15, officials call the game. RailCats manager Greg Tagert said he was disappointed. The league posted at 10:30 latest start, and with a continuing storm behind the most-recent system, the decision was made not to try to get in five innings, but get in a full game. To that end, there was no guarantee that the field would be ready in an hour to start the game at 10:30.
In addition, the RailCats will sign pitcher Billy Spotiswood as soon as he clears a physical. Spotiswood opened the season with the St. Paul Saints and was recently released. He pitched in seven games -- 8 1/3 innings -- for the Saints with a 3.24 ERA and 0-1 record. Manager Greg Tagert said his team needs a pitcher to prepare for next week's day-night double-header in Wichita. A corresponding move was not indicated as to how to find a spot for Spotiswood.
In the meantime, the RailCats will try to maintain their rotation, putting Alain Quijano into Friday's game and giving all other pitchers an additional day's rest.
Losing this game could be a big difference come September. The quest for the wild card spot has come down to the last weekend in the last two years in the American Association. The idea that it could be the difference of half of a game because of a missed game during the season is something the league had hoped to avoid.