Lightning strike leads to 19-minute delay during Orioles-Rays game at Tropicana Field

Angela Sun
May 7, 2014

Tropicana Field has had its share of issues over the years. From the confusing catwalks to the controversial ray tank, the domed stadium the Tampa Bay Rays call home isn't exactly a quaint little ballpark. The latest chapter of its odd existence came Tuesday night, when nearby inclement weather led to a 19-minute delay. Did we mention the Trop is indoors?

The strange situation occurred during the eighth inning of a 3-3 tie between the Rays and Baltimore Orioles, when moments after a Steve Clevenger one-out double put runners on second and third, a series of lights went out in center field.

The Rays announced that Duke Energy, which provides electricity to the 24-year-old venue, said the problem was caused by lightning striking a nearby transformer. Both managers had some fun with the unexpected break in action. "I was just hoping it wouldn't mess up the air conditioners," said O's skipper Buck Showalter said. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon added, "I think there was a grand opening somewhere and it knocked the lights out." The scene was reminiscent of Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome, when a similar power outage interrupted the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Orioles eventually beat the Rays 5-3.

Spur of the moment

Moving to the NBA playoffs, Tony Parker led the San Antonio Spurs to a 116-92 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series with pretty plays like the one seen above. Parker had a game-high 33 points and 9 assists in the victory.

Saucer pass

And speaking of dazzling dishes, you're not going to see many better than the one Justin Fontaine delivered to Erik Haula during the Minnesota Wild's 4-0 shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks. Fontaine lifted the puck over the Hawks defense to find a streaking Haula for the score.

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