Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants: Rain impacting July 4 game?
By Kevin Henry
Could rain impact the July 4 game between the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants at Coors Field? Weather forecasters say it’s possible.
According to our friends at Coors Field Forecast (a great follow on Twitter, by the way), a strong initial round of thunderstorms could move through the Denver metro area between (local time) 4-7 p.m. They say another round could impact the game right around its conclusion or the start of the fireworks display.
A check of the Denver NBC affiliate’s Web site shows (at the time of this writing) chances of rain this afternoon, including a 40 percent chance around 5 p.m. The chances then go down, but start to increase again around 8 p.m.
Rockies fans should keep an eye on the sky and be prepared for the possibility of some wet weather.
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Colorado has taken the first two games of the series against the Giants, including an 8-1 victory on Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd that enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show after the game. Another sellout crowd is expected for the Independence Day festivities.
Tyler Anderson (5-3, 4.23 ERA) will take the mound for Colorado while San Francisco will counter with Andrew Suarez (3-4, 4.18 ERA). The Rockies (43-43) are chasing San Francisco (45-42) in the National League West standings. Entering Thursday’s play, the Rockies are five games behind the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and 3.5 games behind the Giants.
Colorado’s last two wins at home have helped the Rockies re-establish their winning mojo at Coors Field. The Rockies were 15-22 at home before using dominating pitching from starters Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela to grab the last two games.
The Rockies have won four of their last five games against the Giants at Coors Field as well as 14 of their last 16 meetings with San Francisco at 20thand Blake.
Tuesday night’s win was kicked off by the Rockies scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, giving them a league-leading 72 first-inning runs. Charlie Blackmon keyed the early outburst with his 15thhome run of the season. It snapped a 17-game homerless streak for Chuck Nazty, who went 3-for-5 in the victory.
Next: What you need to know about fireworks games at Coors Field
We will be in the press box at Coors Field and will bring you any weather-related news that could impact the game. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: The start of the game was delayed until 6:25 p.m. (local time) thanks to storms in the area. Here’s the latest…