>Mark Townsend


With rain falling hard and lightning flashing, Colorado’s Dexter Fowler stepped in with two outs and the bases empty to face Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey. The umpires had hoped to get through the inning without a delay, but Fowler fouled off a couple tough pitches, which forced crew chief Mike Winters to halt the action with a 2-2 count and the Mets leading 4-3 (which would end up being the final score).
A rain delay in the middle of an at-bat — and not between two of them — is somewhat unique, but the at-bat would only get stranger.
First, the Tarp Monster claimed another victim on the Coors Field grounds crew.
When play resumed after a 50-minute rain delay, Mets manager Terry Collins called on Jason Isringhausen to finish the at-bat Pelfrey had started.
On Isringhausen’s first pitch, Fowler fouled off another one, this time off his own left knee. After hobbling around with the trainer for several minutes, he was forced to leave the game with a bruised tendon.
Ryan Spilborghs finished the at-bat in Fowler’s place, drawing a walk three pitches later.
That finally concluded a 10-pitch at-bat that lasted nearly an hour, started in a pouring rain with Dexter Fowler vs. Mike Pelfrey, and ended with Ryan Spilborghs vs. Jason Isringhausen, who each were officially credited with the walk.

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