Nationals pitcher unhappy with Pirates' rain delay procedure
April 24, 2011 5:45 AM
Keith Srakocic/Associated Press
Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez after giving up a double to the Pirates' Garrett Jones during the first inning of Saturday's game at PNC Park.
By Colin Dunlap Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Livan Hernandez wasn't happy with the pregame administration of the game between his team and the Pirates at PNC Park on Saturday night.
The game was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m., but because of a 1 hour, 11 minute rain delay, began at 8:16 p.m.
Hernandez implied in postgame comments that he wasn't given fair warning of when the game was going to start. Also, Hernandez implied that Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Karstens was granted a competitive advantage, as he knew in advance the start time, so as to have enough time in which to go through a proper warm up.
Hernandez said: "The other pitchers were there already. How? I think they knew before."
He then went on to say: "It's not normal. They've got to let us know about the time."
It should be noted that Hernandez hurriedly finished his pregame warmups in the Nationals' bullpen as his team was retired 1-2-3 in the top of the first.
Also, Hernandez gave up five runs and six hits when the Pirates came to bat in the bottom of the first.
In the press box, it was announced at 7:47 p.m. that the game would start at approximately 8:15 p.m. --- and it started at 8:16 p.m.
It is not clear exactly what time the two teams were told the game would begin.