Despite no rain falling over O.co Coliseum in Oakland, the game between the Athletics and Mariners was postponed due to poor field conditions. The Athletics tweeted the news:
Due to field conditions, tonight's game is postponed. Retain tickets & parking receipts as they will be honored at announced make-up game.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 5, 2014
According to DonBest.com, the game won't be made up during what supposed to be a four-game series:
Tonight's Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland A's game has been postponed due to field conditions. It will not be made up this weekend. #MLB— DonBest.com (@DonBestSports) April 5, 2014
The reason for the postponement was human error. MLB.com's Greg Johns explains:
O.co Coliseum infield wasn't covered with tarp overnight during heavy rain, leading to field issues. #Mariners and A's will play two on Sat.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) April 5, 2014
So, we have one of the more unique postponements we'll ever see, but it is a postponement nonetheless.
In fact, the field was so bad, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon wasn't even sure they'd be able to play tomorrow. Johns tweeted that information:
McClendon when asked if he was certain field would be ready by tomorrow: "I really am not sure. It’s that bad out there.”— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) April 5, 2014
The Mariners would appear to be bad luck for the O.co. It was last season following a game between Oakland and Seattle when the outdated stadium was backed up with raw sewage.
If the game is played tomorrow, Johns gives us the pitching matchup:
Dan Straily will get the start for the A's on Saturday vs. Felix Hernandez. Straily originally slated for tonight.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) April 5, 2014
Chris Young was scheduled to get the start for the Mariners on Friday, but it appears the plan is to skip his turn in the rotation.
The series between the division rivals began on Thursday in thrilling fashion, as the A's handed the Mariners their first loss of the season with a 3-2 victory in the 12th on a Coco Crisp home run.
At the time of the postponement, the Mariners sat in first in the American League West at 3-1. The A's were a game behind at 2-1.