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Dragons rain delay: Guarantee you haven’t seen this before

The Dayton Dragons resumed their game after a long rain delay Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field. Trailing the visiting Michigan Whitecaps 3-0 after four innings, Dragons pitcher Max Wotell allowed a one-out grand slam and the Whitecaps led, 7-0.

Umpires stopped play after the fourth inning and tarp was laid over the infield, despite no rain at the time. That drew a major confrontation from Whitecaps manager Lance Parrish and the umpires. Spectators located near the West Michigan dugout also joined in the exchange, chiding Parrish for his colorful language.

Fifth Third Field and Dragons Sports Turf Manager Britt Barry (middle) huddles with the umpires prior to the game being suspended due to impending rain. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

That all changed within 15 minutes, when a storm front drenched downtown Dayton and scattered fans.

Parrish is a longtime former major-league catcher, most notably with the Whitecaps parent club Detroit Tigers.

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The game was stopped at 8:30 p.m. and resumed at 11 p.m. Following another heavy downpour, play was suspended a second time at 11:13 p.m.

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