ASHINGTON -- Tyler Austin walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park on Tuesday evening, satisfied that he had contributed three solid swings to the Yankees' attack, including a two-run homer. But he -- and everyone else -- had no idea if it had been in a winning effort
ASHINGTON -- Tyler Austin walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park on Tuesday evening, satisfied that he had contributed three solid swings to the Yankees' attack, including a two-run homer. But he -- and everyone else -- had no idea if it had been in a winning effort or a losing one.
Austin drove in three runs before a torrential downpour pelted the playing field, resulting in a suspended game that is scheduled to be resumed in the bottom of the sixth inning on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. ET, with the Yankees and the Nationals tied, 3-3.
"The game's not over yet," Austin quipped. "But it felt good to take a few good swings tonight. For the most part, everybody knew that there was going to be some bad weather coming, but we didn't know when it was going to be here."
Austin cracked a two-run homer in the fourth inning and lifted a sacrifice fly to the center-field warning track that tied the score in the fifth. Lightning flickered throughout that fifth inning, with a scoreboard message urging fans to seek cover as play continued.
Play was halted at 9:01 p.m. ET, after Aaron Judge struck out looking to end the top of the sixth inning. The announcement of a suspended game was made 71 minutes later.
"Odd night," manager Aaron Boone said. "Hopefully we get some level of cooperation weather-wise [on Wednesday] and we can pull this thing out. I'm glad we were able to fight back into it; a couple of big swings from Tyler Austin and almost a second really big swing from him. A little odd."
Masahiro Tanaka worked five innings, allowing three runs and four hits before exiting for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He said that it was curious to leave the stadium not knowing if his team had won or lost the game he pitched.
"It feels weird," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "This is a first experience for me."
Anthony Rendon hit a solo home run in the first inning, his fourth. Andrew Stevenson and Pedro Severino knocked run-scoring singles in the second inning, staking Gio Gonzalez to an early lead.
The Yankees struck in the fourth, helped by a defensive miscue. Center fielder Stevenson and left fielder Matt Adams converged on a Didi Gregorius fly ball to open the inning, with the ball falling for a two-base error.
Austin -- who had been in an 0-for-23 slide entering the game -- made them pay, sending his sixth homer of the season over the wall in right field.
New York loaded the bases with none out in the fifth against Gonzalez, threatening for a big inning, with Giancarlo Stanton's 1,000th career hit sandwiched between a pair of walks. After a fielder's choice, Austin flied out to the warning track in center field, allowing Stanton to trot home with the tying run.
"I think we were just going out and playing," Austin said. "I don't think guys were trying to tie the game any more because of the weather. I think it was just, we were going out to play."
Boone said that he had not immediately decided on a pitcher for the home half of the sixth inning, though he said that the Yankees would be able to add a 26th man for Wednesday's regularly scheduled game.
To further complicate issues, more inclement weather is forecast for Wednesday. Should neither game be completed, Boone said that the Yankees would return to Washington at a later date, even though both teams have a mutual off-day on Thursday.
"I think there's hotel issues; I think there's all kinds of issues going on," Boone said. "My understanding is that if we don't get it in, we're going [to Kansas City]."
Following the completion of the suspended game, it will be a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners at Nationals Park, as CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.23 ERA) is scheduled to face Max Scherzer (7-1, 1.69) at 7:05 p.m. ET. Sabathia will be seeking the 250th victory of his career, including 10 wins in the postseason. He's 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list on April 19, with the Yankees having won four of his five starts.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.