Ron Washington didn’t quite accuse the Yankees of any wrongdoing, but the Texas manager admitted he never had seen anything like what he witnessed Wednesday night in The Bronx.

With the Yankees up by a run in the bottom of the fifth, a torrential downpour began faster than predicted, and what started out as a typical rain delay turned into an almost comical scene as the grounds crew, bat boys and other personnel scrambled to try to fix the tarp, but it still took three attempts and ended up taking 14 minutes before they finally succeeded.

Washington wasn’t laughing, because by the time the tarp was finally in place, the field was drenched, resulting in a 2-1 Yankees win when the game was called after a delay of an hour and 49 minutes.
“I don’t think it was intentional, but usually when they start pulling that tarp, it makes it,” Washington said. “That one didn’t make it.”

When asked if it crossed his mind it may have been intentional, Washington said: “Next question. I’m not going to get into that.”

But he did explain what he saw.

“Those guys on the grounds crew are professionals at what they do and they usually do that well,” Washington said. “That didn’t happen, and it ended up messing up the field.”

And it couldn’t be repaired, even after the rain stopped. The umpires were ready to resume the game at 10:05 p.m. and Texas starter Yu Darvish even went back on the mound, but after inspecting the conditions, both Washington and Yankees manager Joe Girardi agreed the infield was too soft.