Heavy rain showers and lightning hit the Akron area Monday and put a halt on the RubberDucks baseball game with the Harrisburg Senators in the seventh inning.
The teams were tied 3-3 when the umpires called for the grounds crew to cover the Canal Park infield with the tarp.
The decision to call the game into a rain delay came as no surprise, because the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning.
The scoreboard showed Major League Baseball action and flashed clips from movies, such as The Blues Brothers and The Breakup.
Even with a heavy storm, RubberDucks personnel had some fun with the spectators that dashed for cover in the grandstand area. There was a tennis ball toss into hula hoops scattered across the tarp and mascot Homer danced around to provide entertainment.
The showers turned too powerful, and the game was suspended. It is scheduled to resume at 5:05 p.m. today with the regularly scheduled game set to start at 7:05 p.m.
The RubberDucks built a 3-0 lead in the first inning Monday after the first four batters reached base. Francisco Lindor singled in Tyler Holt, Joe Wendle hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tony Wolters and Bryson Myles doubled in Lindor.
Harrisburg cut its deficit to 3-2 in the second following a two-run home run by Brian Jeroloman. Adrian Sanchez also scored on the shot over the right-center field fence. The Senators tied the score at 3-3 in the third after Cutter Dykstra singled in Michael Taylor.
Francisco’s family time
Sunday’s RubberDucks game was very special for Lindor because family was in Akron.
“We took a lot of pictures and my mom got to see me play on Mother’s Day for the first time [as a professional],” Lindor said. “It is super cool having family here with me.”
Lindor, 20, was the Indians first-round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. He said his mom, two sisters, a cousin, two nieces and a nephew are in Akron visiting.
His family has visited with him while he played for the Carolina Mudcats in past seasons and last season with the Aeros.
“It doesn’t matter how many times they have been here, it is super awesome having them all around, especially on Mother’s Day,” Lindor said. “It is nice to make my mom feel special. It is a big day for her.
“I am blessed I got to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. I had a blast. I don’t want to her leave.”
Lindor’s family watched him play Sunday and then they all got together for dinner.
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