The Nationals and Yankees were knotted at 3-3 in the middle of the sixth inning last night when the tarp was pulled over the infield and fans were sent to the concourse as an intense storm swept through the area.
It was the latest unpleasant part of a road trip that has seen more bad weather than baseball.
The two teams were scheduled to finish an earlier game that had been suspended due to rain, while also playing a full game in the evening. That made it an officially suspended game, and the teams announced plans to resume it at 5:05 p.m. today, then play the series finale as originally planned at 7:05 p.m.
Cashman said it was a combination of issues, including a mechanical problem with the airplane, still stormy weather in the area and aviation regulations that limit the number of hours a crew can work in a single shift. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said they could not make up any games that day because of a lack of hotel accommodations and a scheduled event at Nationals Park. Their plane was supposed to take off at 10:00 p.m.
By the time all of this happened, every hotel was booked for the night in D.C. So the Yankees did what they had to do - they slept inside of the airport.
"It was an unfortunate set of circumstances", Cashman said.
Not surprisingly, rain is in the forecast for Saturday in Kansas City.