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PAWTUCKET â€“ Kevin Boles had no problem with the umpireâ€™s decision to pull the plug on Thursdayâ€™s game. The fog that had engulfed McCoy Stadium reached a point where player safety had been seriously compromised.
Boles had a good view on the final play of this abbreviated contest: a shallow pop fly off the bat of Garin Cecchini that Indianapolis left fielder Chase dâ€™Arnaud had trouble finding. Luckily for the Indians, shortstop Robert Andino â€“ remember him, Red Sox fans? â€“ was able to make the catch for the first out in the home portion of the seventh inning.
The fog had been a problem for much of the sixth inning on a day where McCoy Stadium was treated to sunshine, rain and a rainbow. In the seventh, it was deemed unplayable. The umpiring crew elected to pull both teams off the field to see if the fog would die down, but to no avail.
Following a 48-minute delay, the game was called. Boles huddled up with Indy manager Dean Trenor, PawSox General Manager Lou Schwechheimer and the umpires with all parties agreeing that play could not resume. The night would belong to the Indians, who pulled out a 3-2 win.
â€śThe playing conditions were suspect out there,â€ť said Boles. â€śIâ€™m not going to fault anyoneâ€™s judgment. They did what was best in that situation. The playerâ€™s safety is the number one concern â€¦ weâ€™ve got guyâ€™s careers in our hands.â€ť
â€śThe league rule is that youâ€™ve got to wait a minimum of 45 minutes, but with the way things were looking, the wind died down and the fog just settled in there,â€ť Boles continued. â€śItâ€™s unfortunate. I would have liked to see us get our licks in the bottom of the seventh, but at the same token, it questionable as far as seeing the ball.â€ť
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