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Lights go out during Giants-D-backs game

Lights go out during Giants-D-backs game

Lights go out during Giants-D-backs game
PHOENIX -- The D-backs offense seemed unstoppable Saturday night.

Right up until the lights at Chase Field went out.

With the D-backs up on the Giants, 11-2, Aaron Hill led off the seventh inning with a single up the middle and right after that the stadium lights went out at 7:46 p.m. MST. The scoreboard and sound system remained in working order.

Umpires pulled the Giants off the field while they discussed the situation with D-backs officials. The game resumed after a 28-minute delay.

After the game, the D-backs issued a statement:

"According to APS [Arizona Public Service], a microburst hit the Phoenix area and took out 1 of 2 APS substations that feeds Chase Field. The transfer switch did transfer to the backup feeder resulting in minimal power outage to the stadium. However, the stadium is equipped with high-pressure sodium lights which shut down when experiencing a voltage drop causing the outage. After shutting down, they require a cool off period then a re-strike, which takes 20 minutes."

Following the delay, the D-backs continued hitting, tacking on three more runs in the seventh inning en route to a 15-2 win.

A night after the D-backs clinched the National League West title, 49,076 fans were on hand for the third sellout of the season.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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