PHILADELPHIA -- Even baseball officials aren't always sure about their suspended game rules.
After Game 5 of the World Series was suspended in the sixth inning with the game tied 2-2, they cited a 2007 rule change. But because the Rays had tied the game in the top of the sixth and the Phillies hadn't batted in the bottom of the sixth, the rule in effect was really one that was changed in 1980.
Before that, in a situation like Monday's, the tying run scored by the Rays could have been taken off the board, and the score could have reverted to 2-1 with the Phillies ahead. Starting in 1980, any official game in which the visiting team tied the game or went ahead in the top of an inning, and the home team didn't complete the bottom of the inning, became a suspended game and was resumed at the same point.
The 2007 change affected only games that were tied at the end of an inning after the fifth. Before 2007, those were considered tie games and were replayed in their entirety. Starting in 2007, those games also became suspended games and were picked up at the point where they had been stopped.