Swarm of Bees Delays Marlins-Padres Game in San Diego

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A beekeeper removes bees from a microphone behind home plate during the third inning of a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Miami Marlins at Petco Park June 2, 2019 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The game between the Miami Marlins and San Diego at Petco Park was delayed for 28 minutes after a swarm of bees settled onto a microphone attached to the netting near the Padres’ dugout.

With Padres rookie Josh Naylor about to bat with two outs in the third inning Sunday, players began scattering. Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro headed to the dugout and plate umpire Gerry Davis moved back from the field.

Eventually, all the players left the field. An exterminator in a beekeeping suit climbed a ladder and sprayed the bees. He then used a shop vacuum cleaner to remove the dead bees and the grounds crew tidied up the area.

Naylor flied out to end the inning.

There was bee delay of 52 minutes on July 2, 2009, against the Houston Astros at the downtown ballpark, which opened in 2004.

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