The Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals have had Wednesday’s game in Denver go into a weather delay in the top of the third inning.
Here is what we know about the rain delay in the game between the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals
With the Rockies holding a 4-3 lead in the top of the third inning, heavy rain moved into the downtown Denver area. With Colorado reliever Yency Almonte pitching to Washington starting pitcher Paolo Espino, umpires cleared the field on a 2-2 count as the rain quickly intensified.
Colorado had totaled eight hits so far, including a three-run home run by Ryan McMahon, his 23rd of the season. With two outs in the first, McMahon took the first pitch he saw from Espino over the left-center wall to give the Rockies the lead.
McMahon’s homer gave Colorado the edge after Washington plated two runs in the top of the first after Rockies starter Peter Lambert. The Nationals had their first four batters record hits, including a leadoff double by Lane Thomas and an RBI single from Juan Soto.
Washington pulled back within 4-3 when Luis Garcia plated Josh Bell in the top of the third just before light rain began falling.
Rain was forecast during the game. However, the day started off sunny.
This is scheduled to be the last home game of the season for the Colorado Rockies and the last of a 10-game road trip for the Nationals. It also could potentially be the last home game in a Rockies uniform for All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, who was greeted warmly by fans as he took the field by himself momentarily before being joined by the rest of the Rockies as first pitch drew near.
We are in the Coors Field press box and will provide updates as the weather delay goes along. All updates will be below and in Mountain time. With this being the last meeting of the season between Washington and Colorado, we will see if they try to finish the game.
Please hit refresh often to see the latest information from Coors Field below.
2:35 p.m. — Rain is falling and the tarp is on the field.
2:38 p.m. — Fans are staying in the concourse as the rain continues.
2:43 p.m. — The weather is being shown on the big screen and a line of storms is sitting right over the Denver area. They will clear, but could be a bit.
2:47 p.m. — Heavy rain continues to fall.
2:48 p.m. — So far, we’ve heard Rihanna’s “Umbrella” as well as “Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli as well as plenty of other rain-related music. Always good to have the playlist working.
2:53 p.m. — Don’t forget, the Rockies have already “lost” one game to rain this season, which was the finale of the Braves series in Atlanta on September 16. It could be played on Monday if Atlanta and Philadelphia are close enough in the standings that that game would make a difference.
We talked about that possibility here.
2:55 p.m. — Now it’s Adele setting fire to the rain from the playlist. But the rain is still falling and I don’t see any fire.
3 p.m. — The sky is getting lighter, but rain is still coming down. Front is still moving through.
3:03 p.m. — Radar is still on the big screen and the yellow/red seems to have moved past Denver. That’s a good sign.
3:07 p.m. — Definitely becoming lighter toward left field (the west). Rain still coming down but promising signs.
3:11 p.m. — Tarp is still on the field but there is some movement around the field by fans and security personnel.
3:15 p.m. — This is as bright as it has been since the rain delay.
3:18 p.m. — Rain is letting up but still no movement in dugouts or on field
3:28 p.m. — The tarp is coming off the field!
3:29 p.m. — The sun has come out but there is still some water issues on the field that the grounds crew will need to address. Will take a few minutes but looks like we might be playing. Rockies and Nationals reps are meeting with umps on the infield. Some discussions happening.
3:33 p.m. — Fans are coming back into the stands while umps and officials talk in front of the Nationals dugout.
3:36 p.m. — They are rolling up the tarp. Standing water by second and third bases.
3:38 p.m. — Plenty of materials coming out with the ground crew to spread on the infield and hopefully soak up some of the water.
3:42 p.m. — We will resume play at 4:15 p.m. (Mountain). Ground crews are working on the field.
3:45 p.m. — Third base is the area that needs the most amount of work. Something to keep an eye on when play resumes.
3:50 p.m. — Lots of work on the mound and home plate area as well.
3:51 p.m. — Plenty of sunshine greeting the fans in the outfield and along the first base line.
3:57 p.m. — Some players have started coming back into the dugout.
4 p.m. — “Friends in Low Places” has started to play. It’s time to start the game again.
4:03 p.m. — Players have taken the field and are stretching out.
4:15 p.m. — Game will not start at 4:15. Still working on the field as clouds roll back in.
4:16 p.m. — Rockies are taking the field. Game will start shortly.
4:18 p.m. — Play ball!