Thursday’s Royals game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed after three and a half innings when a combination of rain and snow fell at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals led 1-0 when the game was delayed in the bottom of the fourth inning….the game needed to be through the top of the fifth inning for it to be official. The two teams played on an infield that quickly became muddy from persistent rain that began falling shortly after the 1:10 p.m. first pitch.
About an hour and 15 minutes into the delay the tarp was removed from the infield and the grounds crew worked the infield dirt into playable shape but soon after the rain picked up in intensity and a short time later the rain changed to snow. The game was eventually called for good at 4:39 p.m.
No makeup date has been announced and that will need to be determined since this was the Rays only scheduled visit to Kauffman Stadium this season.
The Royals and their fans will hope for better weather on Friday when they host the Chicago White Sox to open a three-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.