BC-BBO--Reds-Athletics Light Delay,1st Ld-Writethru
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics say their game against Cincinnati will start more than 90 minutes late because of a lighting problem at the Coliseum.
The A’s announced 15 minutes before the 7:07 p.m. scheduled start Tuesday that the game would not begin on time. A bank of lights above the upper deck in left field was only partially lit.
More than an hour later, the team said the game would begin at 8:45 p.m.
It’s the second straight game that the Reds have been delayed. Their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Cincinnati was halted briefly due to a swarm of bees.
During the delay at the Coliseum, two workers climbed a fence leaning against the railing along the outer rim of the stadium to get to the lights and spent nearly 20 minutes attempting to fix the situation with no success.
A’s President Dave Kaval walked out to left field at one point and led a meeting behind home plate that included two umpires, general manager David Forst, Oakland manager Bob Melvin and Reds manager David Bell.
Shortly after the meeting ended, A’s pitcher Mike Fiers walked out to the bullpen near left field to begin his pregame warmups with the lights still malfunctioning.