Coors Field rain delay

The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers endured two rain delays to play five innings Friday night at Coors Field. With first pitch scheduled for 5:40 p.m. PT, Mother Nature intervened, causing the start of the game to be delayed by 74 minutes.

Then in the sixth amid a downpour, the night’s second delay lasted one hour and 40 minutes before the Dodgers were awarded a win. Getting Friday’s game through five innings in order for it to be official appeared to be a point of emphasis when considering the weekend forecast in Colorado.

Rain is expected throughout the night Saturday with the possibility of snow Sunday morning. As such, Saturday’s game was cancelled nearly two hours prior to scheduled first pitch. The Dodgers and Rockies won’t play a doubleheader Sunday and makeup date has not yet been set.

Postponing games is nothing new for the Rockies, who had already done so twice prior to Saturday. The most recent was earlier in the week when their originally scheduled May 4 home game was played as part of doubleheader May 6.

While the Dodgers have run into weather issues on the road over the years, the last rainout at Dodger Stadium was April 17, 2000 against the Houston Astros. Their May 23 game this season with the San Diego Padres was delayed by 49 minutes, making it the first rain delay at Chavez Ravine since 2008.

There have been 17 rainouts at Dodger Stadium over the course of its 53-year history. The Dodgers played 410 home games before the first rainout in April 1967; the next didn’t come until 1976. The Dodgers also went without a rainout from 1988-1999.

During a May trip to the nation’s capital last season the Dodgers and Washington Nationals endured a three-hour, 17-minute rain delay after beginning play and getting through three and a half innings. The game resumed at 11:43 p.m. ET in front of a crowd that dwindled down to the hundreds.

That delay came six days after the Dodgers had their game in Minnesota postponed and four days after playing a doubleheader against the Twins to make up for the lost game. The Dodgers wound up falling to the Nationals, 4-0.

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