Detroit Tigers season had to end this way: Rain postpones doubleheader

Anthony Fenech
Detroit Free Press

The beginning of the end of the Detroit Tigers’ 2019 season had to start this way, with rain falling onto a tarp at Guaranteed Rate Field for hours and rain for the foreseeable forecast in Chicago.

After hours of rain, with more in the forecast, the straight doubleheader between the Tigers and White Sox was postponed Friday night.

Though the teams tried to fit an official game into a weather window that appeared before 5 p.m. local time, slow second and third innings only allowed them to get 3½ innings of play in before it started to pour.

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When it did, with a runner on first base and nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning – the Tigers led, 4-2 – the game was immediately paused. The White Sox postponed the game roughly an hour later.

The game will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch of Game 1 scheduled for 3:40 p.m..

Only one of Friday night’s postponements will be rescheduled, meaning the two teams will complete the season with 161 games instead of 162 – barring any more postponements.

With a steady rain falling up until 20 minutes before game-time, both teams had altered their pitching plans. Left-hander Matt Hall replaced lefty Tyler Alexander for the start, with the Tigers deeming Game 1 as a bullpen day.

Hall allowed two runs before giving way to Nick Ramirez for one batter in the bottom of the fourth.

Ace lefty Matthew Boyd will start Game 1 for the Tigers and Alexander will start Game 2.

The postponements will mark the second time in the past four seasons in which the Tigers have finished the season by playing only 161 games.

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