Wrigley Field hosted a second rare event which had fans and players squinting again this week when the Chicago Cubs defeated Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night.
Darwin Barney hit a ball into the ground’s ivy-covered outfield walls and left Cincinnati Reds fielders bewildered on Tuesday, after heavy fog rolled across Chicago last night which played havoc with players.
The umpires had the option to call a timeout if the fog became too dense but they resisted the urge, which made both teams’ fielding tasks a lot more difficult.
Justin Ruggiano hit the game-winning runs with a two-run double in the seventh. The victory moved the Cubs to a 33-44 season record and gave Neil Ramirez his first MLB win.
The fog circled Wrigley Field throughout the game and became practically blinding in the third and sixth innings.
According to local meteorologists, as the ground is just a few miles from Lake Michigan the fog rolled off the cool lake water and was pushed towards Wrigley Field, reported MLB.com.
“As long as the ball stayed lower than the lights, it was all right.”
Getting the ball to fly above the lights on a dingy Thursday night was a tactic which paid dividends.
Nationals outfielder Denard Span completely lost track of Luis Valbuena’s fly ball in the sixth which dropped safely and allowed him a triple.
Span was helpless and blameless for the mistake.
"Once I figured out the ball was coming toward me, I didn't want to look up because the last thing I wanted was to let the ball hit me in my pretty face."
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the four-game series at Wrigley Field against the Nationals and both sides will be hoping conditions improve at the weekend.