The tower lights above the main scoreboard at Comerica Park go dark during Tuesday's game. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)
Detroit -- Justin Verlander was electric early in Game 3.
The electricity at Comerica Park? Well, not so much.
In the middle of the second inning of Game 3 between the Tigers and Red Sox, the tower lights at Comerica Park mostly went dark, with only the bottom rows of bulbs staying illuminated.
In a statement, DTE said the outage resulted from a cable failure in the vicinity of Comerica Park, and the ensuing loss of voltage caused the lights to power down.
“We’ve identified the cause of the disturbance and we worked with officials at Comerica Park to resolve the issue quickly,” said Steve Kurmas, president and chief operating officer for DTE Electric. “We regret the interruption.”
It was a scene that reminded many of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, which dealt with its own power outage -- though that was on a much grander scale.
The six-man ALCS umpiring crew waited for the towers to completely power back on, given the gloomy conditions Tuesday afternoon.
The delay, which officially lasted 17 minutes, didn’t affect the pitchers.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Boston’s John Lackey both returned after the outage, with Lackey even striking out two of the three batters he faced in the second inning.
The previous half-inning, Verlander struck out the side, giving Red Sox hitters 35 whiffs through 20 innings this series.