Royals-Indians delayed after lights at ‘The K’ go out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas

City Royals’ game against the Cleveland Indians was delayed in the top

of the seventh inning when roughly half the lights at Kauffman Stadium

went out shortly after midnight.

The start of Wednesday night’s game

had already been delayed by 2 hours, 37 minutes by a stubborn rain cloud

that refused to budge from over the top of the stadium, even though there

were blue skies not more than a mile away from the ballpark.

The Royals had just rallied to take a

5-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth when the Indians came to bat. Mark

Reynolds struck out to start the seventh and Ryan Raburn was at the

plate when about half of the lights around the ballpark suddenly went

dark.

Plate umpire Kerwin Danley halted the

game, and Royals officials explained that a computer glitch caused the

lights to automatically turn off when the clock struck midnight. The

lights had to cool before they could be turned back on.

The game eventually resumed after a delay of 12 minutes.