Extra-innings rule helps make bad night even worse for Tigers minor-league team

The Connecticut Tigers experienced about as bad a night Tuesday as a baseball team can.
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Connecticut, a Tigers affiliate in the New York-Penn League (short-season Single-A), was playing the Vermont Lake Monsters, an A’s affiliate, in what was essentially a doubleheader. The teams’ game Monday was suspended in the top of the first inning because of rain, so they had to complete that contest first Tuesday and then play the regularly scheduled game, which was shortened to seven innings.

Major League Baseball is using the minors as a laboratory for the extra-innings rule, which is intended to end games faster and keep teams from overusing pitchers. Opponents of the rule consider it too drastic a change to how the game is usually played.

On Tuesday, the rule helped to deliver a second dose of heartbreak to a team and give young Mr. O’Loughlin the kicker to a story he can tell the rest of his life.

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