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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lights go out at Comerica Park, delaying Game 3 of ALCS

Tuesdays' Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was halted briefly between the top and bottom of the second inning, when the power flickered off and back on at Comerica Park. The scoreboard went out initially, as did the light banks above the field. The scoreboard came on within a minute.

Umpires conferred, and sent the Red Sox — who were coming out on to the field on defense — back into their dugout.

Play was delayed a total of 17 minutes before the lights came back on.

According to a joint news release by DTE Energy and the Tigers, there are two independent electrical feeds to the stadium for precisely this kind of thing, and both continued to provide power during the outage.

“We’ve identified the cause of the disturbance, and we worked with officials at Comerica Park to resolve the issue quickly,” said Steve Kurmas, the president and chief operating officer for DTE Electric, a subsidiary of DTE Energy. “We regret the interruption.”

For Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who was pitching well at the time, it was an unwelcome one.

“I wasn't happy about it. I was in a groove,” he said. “ I just treated it as a long inning. Had no effect.”


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