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

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Dragons rain delay antics vs. visiting West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Wed., May 30, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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.

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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

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

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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.

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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