The beginning of Tuesday’s game between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field has been delayed by rain.
Rain began coming down in downtown Denver just after 6 p.m. (Mountain time), sending fans scurrying for cover and bringing the tarp onto the field. It marks the second consecutive day that nasty weather has invaded the Denver area. While just north of Denver was pelted with large hail on Monday night, the Mets and Rockies were not delayed at all as New York battered Colorado pitching and recorded a 12-2 decision.
On Tuesday, New York is scheduled to send Jason Vargas (2-5, 7.39 ERA) to the mound against Colorado’s German Marquez (4-7, 5.13 ERA). Colorado has lost eight consecutive games at Coors Field, the longest streak at the stadium in franchise history. The Rockies did lose nine in a row in 1993 while they were playing at Mile High Stadium.
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Monday night, Wyoming native Brandon Nimmo proved to be a thorn in Colorado’s side in his return to the ballpark he visited as a youngster. He began the game with an inside-the-park home run and added a 449-foot home run that sailed over the right-center fence in the seventh inning to pace New York’s offensive attack.
Rain and wind is resulting in a cool evening at Coors Field. Earlier today, the sun was out while the Rockies took batting practice. However, clouds rolled in and eventually brought the rain with them.
There is severe weather in Colorado as a tornado was spotted in Weld County earlier in the afternoon, roughly two hours from downtown Denver. Coors Field and Denver is currently under a tornado watch.
Rox Pile is in the press box at Coors Field and will keep you updated on the latest news with the weather. Please refresh this page and scroll to the bottom for the latest weather updates. All times listed will be in Mountain time.
6:18 p.m. — The tarp is still in place but the rain has lightened up somewhat.
6:25 p.m. — Fans are starting to return to their seats thanks to the lighter rain but the tarp is still on the field.
6:29 p.m. — The national anthem was just played but no movement on the tarp.
6:32 p.m. — Rain has begun falling hard. Scoreboard is reminding fans that Denver is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m.
6:37 p.m. — Wind has picked up while rain is still falling heavily.
6:40 p.m. — Yikes!
6:43 p.m. — The sun peeked out for just a second as the rain kept coming down hard. Go figure.
6:49 p.m. — Sky is getting lighter but consistent rain and wind continues. No movement on tarp.
6:51 p.m. — Rain, rain
6:54 p.m. — The good news? There is a patch of blue sky above the stadium. The bad news? More rain is supposedly on the way. No movement on tarp.
6:57 p.m. — Wind still coming in from the outfield but rain has once again lightened up somewhat. No news on a start time.
7:01 p.m. — Grounds crew is starting to move the sandbags off the tarp. Stay tuned.
7:05 p.m. — Tarp is being lifted. Is it to just get the water off of it? We shall see.
7:06 p.m. — Lot of standing water being squeegeed in the outfield. Hopefully that’s a word.
7:12 p.m. — Tarp is being prepared for roll-up but no news on a new start time.
7:19 p.m. — The tarp hasn’t been put away yet but it is off the infield. Wondering if they’re pausing to see if it’s going to be needed again. Rain is in the area.
7:24 p.m. — Tarp is being rolled up. First pitch set for approximately 8 p.m.
7:27 p.m. — Pitchers from both teams walking to their respective bullpens as ground crews prep the field.
9:15 p.m. — With the game heading to the fourth inning, rain has started to fall again at Coors Field. Keeping an eye on storms in the area.
9:28 p.m. — Rain is coming down harder. Many fans have retreated to the seats. Still need to get through the top of the fifth for a complete game and Rockies just finished batting in bottom of fourth.
9:42 p.m. — Rain has stopped for the moment.