Cincinnati Reds grounds crew member is CONSUMED by rain tarp after slipping and falling as cover dragged across infield
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The Cincinnati Reds avoided a fourth straight loss Monday when the referees called off play due to rain, but the club’s outfield team was still awarded an ‘L’.
As it poured with rain in the eighth inning, a GreatAmerican Ballpark team member slipped and fell while unfurling the canvas with the visiting Reds and Giants tied at two apiece.
Unfortunately for him, the rest of the team didn’t notice and continued to pull the canvas toward the third base line, completely enveloping his coworker.
“Mayday, he got eaten by the canvas,” Giants broadcaster and former outfielder Hunter Pence said during Monday’s broadcast. ‘All the men left behind are worth themselves!’
“The canvas monster with no regard for human life,” the ‘Talkin’ Baseball’ account added on Twitter.
A maintenance crew member falls under the tarp during a weather delay in Cincinnati
Field crews pull the tarp onto the field during a weather delay during the game between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds.
A rescue effort quickly began and the stranded crew member was reunited with his colleagues.
Umpires called off play Monday in Cincinnati after a nearly two-hour rain delay. Play will resume Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. before a final drink at 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler declined to reveal his pitching plan.
Reds manager David Bell, trying to inject life into an offense that had scored three runs during a four-game losing streak that cost them first place in the NL Central, altered his batting order slightly. Electrifying rookie Elly De La Cruz, 0-for-12 since the All-Star break, started after hitting cleanup in her first 33 starts and went 0-for-3. TJ Friedl fell from batting leadoff to batting second, while respected prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand was promoted from Triple-A Louisville and started as designated hitter.
“I think we (starters) have been doing a decent job of staying in games,” said Reds left-hander Brandon Williamson, one of four rookies in Bell’s starting lineup. ‘I think all our guys attack. We all have good enough stuff that if we throw the ball over the plate, good things happen. I don’t think it’s a mentality whether we go deep or not. We keep arming ourselves. The result is that we go deeper into the games.
Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb enjoyed watching Encarnacion-Strand’s debut.
“You could tell the crowd was excited,” Webb said. ‘I threw a ball wide to give him some extra time. It was great to see the crowd get excited.
Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores hit Williamson for two solo homers in six innings, his longest outing in his last seven starts since going 6 2/3 on June 2 against Milwaukee. Williamson allowed four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
“I felt good,” Williamson said. ‘I was pitching pretty solid. I only left a few on the plate that were hit hard. Other than that, it was a good outing.
Jonathan India, center, of the Reds, poses for a photo with Elly De La Cruz (44) and Andrew Abbott
Lightning strikes behind the lights during a weather delay at the Great American Ball Park
Webb allowed solo homers to Matt McLain and Jonathan India on four hits in seven innings. Webb struck out seven with no walks.
“This is one of the better-hitters parks, but if you pitch, you can pitch anywhere,” Webb said. ‘If you shoot, you give yourself a chance. I made pitches, all but two.
McLain gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead with a 382-foot drive to the right-field seats with two outs in the first, the Reds’ first run against Webb in 13 2/3 innings of four starts in his career. career.
Slater tied it with his 442-foot throw to center field on a cutoff by Williamson with two outs in the third inning. Flores gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead with a 387-foot homer to left field on a 2-2 slider in the sixth before India tied it in the seventh with a 371-foot homer to opposite field right into Webb’s 0-1 sinker. the third of three hits for India, who entered the game hitting .174 in his previous 24 games.