The first suspended game in World Series history had fans of both teams crying foul. Phillies fans say the Rays gained an advantage by playing an extra half-inning in the rain, tying the game in the top of the sixth (although it's unclear why hitting in the rain would be considered an advantage). Rays fans can complain that a potential clinching game shouldn't be played in a downpour (hard to disagree with that).Which team will benefit from the suspended game? The Phillies won't have Cole Hamels available when Game 5 resumes, and since he had thrown only 75 pitches he easily could have pitched another two innings. On the other hand, with Game 6 likely pushed to Thursday and Game 7 to Friday, this could end up benefiting the Phillies, who can bring Hamels back on three days' rest in Game 7 or have him available in relief. How has Mother Nature affected other key games in World Series history? We take you through some of the what-if scenarios:
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Would Jesse Orosco and Gary Carter have celebrated a Game 7 victory if Oil Can Boyd had started for Boston?
1986 Game 7: Red Sox at Mets
Situation: With Cincinnati up 3 games to 2, Game 6 was delayed three days by rain. What it meant: The Red Sox brought back ace Luis Tiant for his third start of the series. The Reds could have used Game 5 starter Don Gullett, their best pitcher, on four days' rest, but went with Gary Nolan. What happened: One of the greatest baseball games ever played. Tiant and Nolan were both long gone by the time Carlton Fisk homered in the 12th inning to force Game 7. Bill Lee faced Gullett and Boston took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but Lee and the Boston bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Joe Morgan's two-out bloop single in the top of the ninth scored Ken Griffey Sr. with the winning run in a 4-3 victory. If no rain: The Reds gained an advantage by being able to use Gullett (15-4, 2.42 ERA) for a third start (although he actually didn't pitch well in Game 7). Instead, they would have gone with Jack Billingham in Game 6 and Nolan in Game 7. The Red Sox likely would have gone with Lee in Game 6 and then Tiant. Statistically, all these starters were pretty equal in '75 (Tiant only had a 4.02 ERA). Bottom line: The Reds had the deeper and better bullpen and would likely have pulled out one of the two games.
1962 Game 6: Yankees at Giants
1925 Game 7: Senators at Pirates
WORLD SERIES GAME 5: PHILLIES 4, RAYS 3
The Phillies won the franchise's second World Series title by defeating the Rays 4-3 in a game that spanned three days.
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• Jayson Stark: Wait finally over for Philadelphia
• Jerry Crasnick: Just the beginning for Rays
• Amy K. Nelson: Grand finale for Burrell?
• Gene Woj: Manuel's mom right again
• Jim Caple: Suspended game not so bad after all
• Hamels named Series MVP
• Lidge finishes perfect season
• In-game chat with Rob Neyer
• Game 5 blog (Part II)
• Fans in Philly soak in title
• Inside Edge reports: Phillies | Rays
• ZOOM gallery: See the series in pictures
• Jayson Stark: Weather changes plan
• Jim Caple: Rays go hotel shopping
• Howard Bryant: Rays thought it was almost over
• Gene Woj: Bud did the right thing
• Selig: No shortened game
• In-game chat with Rob Neyer
• Game 5 blog
• Phillies win first title since 1980
• BBTN looks back at World Series
• Phillies players react to championship
• Hamels talks about being MVP
• Kruk on what this means for Philadelphia
• The managers break down Game 5
• Pena, Longoria examine loss
• Rays' season in review
• Stark, Caple Game 5 video blog
• Caple: This World Series all about weather?
• Postgame interviews