Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Weather updates from Coors Field
By Kevin Henry
Saturday night’s game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks will start in a weather delay.
Rain and thunderstorms were in the downtown Denver area for most of the afternoon on Saturday, with a brief downpour sending the Colorado Rockies off the field just before they were scheduled for batting practice. The rain didn’t last long, but it was enough to keep the Rockies and Diamondbacks from many of their usual pregame routines.
Here’s the latest we know about the weather impacting the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks
Cloudy skies were over Coors Field for most of the afternoon and brief showers moved through around the time fans were let into the seating area. However, while not raining at the moment the delay was announced, with lightning and storms in the area, the Rockies decided to start the game (scheduled for a 6:10 p.m. first pitch) in a delay.
Zac Gallen (1-7, 5.03 ERA) is scheduled to start the game for the Diamondbacks while Colorado will counter with Kyle Freeland (4-6, 4.40 ERA).
Colorado won Friday night’s game by a 9-4 score and has taken nine of 15 meetings against the Diamondbacks this season, including six of seven at Coors Field.
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The Rockies have posted a 42-21 (.667) mark at 20th and Blake this season. That’s the third-best winning percentage in Major League Baseball behind Colorado’s National League West rivals in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The franchise record for home wins for the Rockies in a season is 55, established in 1996.
We are in the press box at Coors Field and will provide regular updates below. Please refresh the page to ensure you are getting the latest information.
All times below will be listed in Mountain time.
5:42 p.m. — Radar shows storms south of Denver.
5:44 p.m. — The tarp is not on the field yet and no rain is currently falling.
5:52 p.m. — Getting darker at Coors as storms move in from the south.
5:55 p.m. — The tarp is coming on the field.
6:01 p.m. — Rain has started. Fans are heading to the concourse.
6:05 p.m. — The Rockies haven’t started playing their rain delay playlist yet, so that’s a good sign this won’t be a horribly long delay.
6:10 p.m. — Gray has taken over the whole sky. Light rain falling.
6:12 p.m. — No movement on the tarp. Some members of crowd heading back to their seats.
6:16 p.m. — The tarp is being taken off the field.
6:17 p.m. — First pitch is announced for 7 p.m.
6:20 p.m. — Sky is getting lighter. Looks like baseball will happen.
6:22 p.m. — And the Rockies rain delay playlist begins with Toto’s “Africa”
6:27 p.m. — Sunshine stretches across the Coors Field outfield.
6:35 p.m. — Players are beginning their warmup exercises.
6:40 p.m. — On track for a 7 p.m. first pitch.
6:55 p.m. — The National Anthem has been sung. Play ball!