Difference being, the home team was ahead in the Wrigley Field game. To me, the grounds crew is the home team's responsibility. If the home team is ahead or tied when such an incident occurs, suspend the game. If the home team is behind - game over. That is fair.
I was also under the impression that the lefty reliever was done.
My recollection may not be accurate, but I think I remember that the Nats' manager had come out of the dugout to remove the lefty reliever, Freeman, and summon a new pitcher from the bullpen. MASN broke for a commercial, and when they came back, the grounds crew was starting their misadventures with the tarp.
Did the Nats actually remove Freeman from the game, or did the umps call for the tarp before the manager made his way out to the mound?
If the manager told the ump that he was taking Freeman out, I would assume that whoever he had called for from the bullpen was officially in the game when it was halted, even though he never threw a pitch, and that guy will be required to either finish the inning or face three batters when play resumes on Friday.
One piece of good news for the Orioles - if they had resumed the game today after a rain delay and Fry's arm would have cooled down, Hyde almost certainly would have had to replace Fry when the bottom of the sixth started. Now he will have the option of leaving Fry in the game if he so chooses.
Yeah, I was confused by the interference call. If Diaz was calling interference on the batter, the batter should be out, but he wasn't. I didn't see umpire's interference, but perhaps that is what happened. If the catcher's arm hits the umpire and the runner is safe, that is umpire's interference, and the runner is returned to first. Had the runner been out, the umpires interference is waived off.