You gotta be bleepin' me: Michael Kopech goes 3-for-3 in home-start rain delays


Michael Kopech has some things to work out with Mother Nature.

Unbelievably, Kopech's third straight start at Guaranteed Rate Field suffered the same fate as the first two: delayed by rain in the early innings.

Kopech's major league debut against the Minnesota Twins ended after only two innings thanks to a rain delay. After winning on the road with a six-inning effort against the Detroit Tigers, his return trip home against the Boston Red Sox was also cut short because of inclement weather, lasting just three innings.

And then came Wednesday night's break in the action, with rain dumping on the South Side shortly after Kopech completed his second inning of work.

Unlike the first two games, however, Kopech returned to the mound after the roughly half-hour delay.

Prior to the rain falling Wednesday, Kopech gave up his first major league homer, when Jeimer Candelario launched a leadoff blast 433 feet into the right-field seats. He struck out three batters and walked one in the first two innings.

But after the rain, the Tigers jumped all over Kopech, chasing him from the game with a six-run fourth inning that featured three more homers off the young flamethrower.

Then came a second rain delay in the fifth inning, after Dylan Covey replaced Kopech.

Kopech's next start is scheduled to come on the road, during the team's series against the Kansas City Royals in the Show Me State. So either Kopech will finally have some dry conditions, or the folks in KC will get some rain for their lawns.

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