Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants: Weather updates from Coors
By Kevin Henry
It looks like the start of the three-game series between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field will get off to a soggy start.
As predicted, storms and rain moved into downtown Denver before the Giants and Rockies could begin their Memorial Day matchup. Weather, including lightning in the area, is delaying the start of the game. Our latest updates from the Coors Field press box are at the bottom of this article.
When the rain clears, Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.30 ERA) is expected to take the mound against San Francisco’s Andrew Suarez (1-4, 5.68 ERA). The duo will be battling to give their teams the overall season series lead as the Giants and Rockies split a four-game series at AT&T Park last week during Colorado’s nine-game road trip to its three California National League West rivals.
Carlos Gonzalez is back in Colorado’s lineup after going 4-for-4 with a home run in Sunday’s 8-2 series-clinching win over the Cincinnati Reds. David Dahl, Nolan Arenado and Ian Desmond also went deep as Colorado moved to 28-25 on the season and opened up a 1.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings.
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San Francisco, meanwhile, comes into Coors Field just three games behind the Rockies in the division standings after dropping two of three games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend.
The Rockies have dealt with weather delays quite a bit already this season, including a cold and wet Opening Day and weather delays against the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs last month.
We are at Coors Field and will be providing live updates from the press box. Please hit refresh for the latest information (at the bottom of this page) as we will be constantly providing the latest information that we have on Monday’s game.
As a note, all times listed below are Mountain time.
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3:35 p.m. — Wind has picked up at Coors Field. No rain falling yet but definitely has a “feel” of the weather changing shortly.
3:45 p.m. — San Francisco still in pre-game warmup mode as rain is expected to start around 4 p.m. (Mountain time).
3:54 p.m. — The Denver metro area is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. (Mountain time).
4:14 p.m. — No rain but wind is now blowing straight in from left field at a higher speed. Direction has changed.
4:24 p.m. — No rain still but we are officially in a weather delay at Coors Field.
4:25 p.m. — The Coors Field grounds crew is rolling out the tarp. Rain is coming.
4:30 p.m. — Rain now falling and they just asked the upper deck and Rockpile fans to leave their seats and take cover.
4:36 p.m. — The heavens have opened. Hard rain coming down under dark skies.
4:48 p.m. — You are looking live at Coors Field…
4:52 p.m. — Heavy rain still coming down. Wind, however, has completely died.
5:00 p.m. — Still raining hard but skies to west behind the scoreboard are starting to lighten up a little. No update on start time.
5:04 p.m. — Rain is beginning to let up a little as the western sky continues to lighten up as well.
5:09 p.m. — Grounds crew has returned to the field. Looks like some movement happening with the tarp as rain has almost stopped.
5:10 p.m. — Estimated first pitch is now 6:05 p.m.
5:14 p.m. — Tarp is being removed. A great job as always by the Coors Field grounds crew to keep the field playable.