Faulty circuit breaker to blame for Friday's Nats-Dodgers power outage

Saturday July 18th, 2015

A faulty circuit breaker caused a power outage at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Friday that forced the suspension of a game between Los Angeles and Washington, according to the Nationals.  

In a brief apology to fans on Saturday morning, the Nationals said that the circuit breaker has been replaced and that tests were conducted on the lights overnight to ensure their functionality. 

The game will resume Saturday at 2:05 p.m. ET, while that day's scheduled game between the two teams will begin at either 4:05 p.m. or 20 minutes after the earlier game's conclusion, whichever is later.

A series of lights along the third base line shut off in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday, and then again in the sixth.

The game was suspended for one hour and 23 minutes in the fourth inning until the lights were turned on. Umpires ordered players off the field. Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann did not return after the lengthy delay. 

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One more inning of baseball was then completed, at which point the lights failed a second time in the fifth inning. Umpires eventually suspended the game with Washington leading 3–2. 

The most recent tenant to use Nationals Park was not the Nationals, or any other major league team, for that matter. Pop singer Taylor Swift held a concert there on Tuesday night during the league's four-day All-Star break. 

After the game, Nationals ace Max Scherzer and outfielder Bryce Harper let their thoughts on the matter be known.

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