Braves comment on Saturday’s late start
After suffering a 4-1, 11-inning loss that concluded at 2:29 a.m. ET on Sunday, many of the Braves players indicated they were shocked that their front office had decided to wait through a three-hour, 51-minute rain delay before throwing Saturday night’s first pitch. One reason for the long wait might have been the fact that more rain is in the forecast for Sunday night’s series finale.
Adding to the misery of this marathon event was the fact that the Braves lost for the ninth time in their past 10 games and lost the momentum they had gained with a win in Friday’s series opener against the first-place Nationals, who sit 4 1/2 games in front of the Braves.
“We got some momentum going last night,” B.J. Upton said. “For us to sit around for virtually four hours when it’s been raining all day and kind of force the issue, it kind of blows my mind, especially when we could have gotten an extra day to build on things. I don’t think we saw that coming, for us to start a game at close to 11 o’clock and then get out of here at 3 o’clock. I’ve never seen it. I haven’t been around the longest, but that’s definitely a first for me.”
According to Stats Inc. the 10:51 p.m. ET start time for Saturday’s game was the latest for any Major League game since the Braves also opted to wait until 10:53 p.m. ET to begin a June 17, 2013 game against the Mets.
“From a player’s aspect, it was kind of shocking a little bit,” Freddie Freeman said of the late start. “It’s definitely tough to get hot and then sit down for four hours and try to get re-hot again, but it’s our job and we still went out there and gave it our all.”
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did not think the late start had an impact.
“I didn’t think anything about the particular starting time,” Gonzalez said. “You’ve got to be ready in the Major Leagues to play. And sure, we wanted to start at 7 or 7:05, but it’s Mother Nature and you can’t judge what’s going on.”