|McDowell pleads with 1B Umpire Jordan Johnson.|
In affirming Ogden's protest, the Pioneer League applied Rule 4.12(a)(3), which states that a game shall become suspended and must be completed at a future date due to, "Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club. (Mechanical field device shall include automatic tarpaulin or water removal equipment.)" This was the same basis for Major League Baseball's decision last week to uphold its first protest in 28 years.
However, Rule 4.01(e) states that once a game has commenced (defined as the point in time when the lineup cards are exchanged and handed to the plate umpire), "the umpire-in- chief shall have sole authority to determine when a game shall be called, suspended or resumed on account of weather or the condition of the playing field."
Box Score: Ogden Raptors vs. Grand Junction Rockies (MiLB Rookie Pioneer League), 8/26/14