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Rain suspends Giants-Rockies, to be resumed in September

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DENVER -- The kid wanted to keep playing even with the field a muddy mess and more rain on the horizon.

Sorry, Nolan Arenado, maybe next time.

The game between the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants was suspended after the second rain delay Thursday, with the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A makeup date was still being determined. The Giants next visit Coors Field on Sept. 1-3.

When the game resumes, though, the Rockies will be at the plate with two outs and Michael Cuddyer on first after his third single.

Had it been left up to Arenado, they would've found a way to finish. But that's just him.

"If it looked good, I wish we would've kept playing," Arenado said.

That's the thing -- the weather didn't look good.

Although the skies looked less ominous, the field was saturated. The grounds crew dumped bags and bags of diamond dry on the infield just to try and make it playable.

But after an 82-minute delay before the fourth and another stoppage two innings later for 84 minutes, it was a big undertaking. The commissioner's office had finally seen enough and informed crew chief Bill Miller to suspend it.

"The field took a lot of water," Miller said in a statement. "It was going to take 45 minutes to get ready and another storm was forecast to hit. ... Both managers agreed it was best."

No reason to risk injury, especially after the Giants had two pitchers strain hamstrings the day before -- on a dry field, no less.

"It just made sense," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "This is the smartest thing to do."

Wilin Rosario tied the game at 2 when he hit into a double play in the fifth.

Hunter Pence had a solo homer for the Giants in the fourth and Pablo Sandoval drove in another run with a double later in the inning.

Sandoval also had a solo homer overturned by a challenge in the second. He lined a shot down the left-field line that was ruled a homer, sending Sandoval trotting around the bases as left fielder Corey Dickerson repeatedly pointed that the ball was foul.

Manager Walt Weiss challenged the call and it was changed. Sandoval stepped back into the batter's box and flew out to center.

"I didn't think it was fair, but it was blowing out," Sandoval said. "That's part of the game."

Fans were ushered out of their seats and sent to the concourse area as a storm rolled through the city, complete with lightning, heavy rain and even a brief tornado warning for the vicinity. The second wave of weather wasn't nearly as severe.

Neither starter returned after the first stoppage.

Jorge De La Rosa was cruising along, too, not allowing a hit and striking out three in three innings. The hard-throwing lefty has been bothered by a balky back and given the length of the delay, the Rockies went to the bullpen.

He understood the decision.

"With this weather, I think it's the best thing they take me out," said De La Rosa, who's won five straight decisions.

The Giants made the same call with Tim Hudson, who went three innings and allowed one run before exiting. Hudson missed his start last Friday because of a strained left hip.

Plus, the elevation of the Mile High City was getting to him.

"Ten days off not pitching at game speed can be challenging from a stamina standpoint," Hudson said. "It's kind of hard to catch your breath out here, too."

Hudson has never won at Coors Field.

"Still on my bucket list," he said.

Cuddyer gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the second when his two-out infield single drove in Rosario. The Colorado lineup was missing slugger Carlos Gonzalez, who sat out because of a swollen left index finger.

"We did treatment during the game," Gonzalez said. "It's making progress -- slowly, but I know it's going to be fine."

Notes

The Giants placed RHP Santiago Casilla (strained right hamstring) on the disabled list Thursday and recalled RHP George Kontos from Triple-A Fresno. ... The Giants will give starter Matt Cain (strained right hamstring) a "couple of days and re-evaluate once we get back to San Francisco," Bochy said. Cain felt a twinge in his hamstring after his final pitch in the third before leaving Wednesday's game. ... The Giants return home for a three-game series against Minnesota. ... Colorado embarks on a nine-game road swing starting Friday in Atlanta.

 
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Giants reliever David Huff heads for the dugout as the second deluge of the day stops play in Denver.  (USATSI)
Giants reliever David Huff heads for the dugout as the second deluge of the day stops play in Denver. (USATSI)

San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3010000 .313
Hunter Pence, RF2111101 .289
Buster Posey, C3010011 .279
Michael Morse, 1B2100111 .268
Pablo Sandoval, 3B2011000 .225
Brandon Hicks, 2B2000001 .195
Brandon Crawford, SS2010010 .252
Tyler Colvin, LF2000011 .323
Tim Hudson, P1000010 .105
   David Huff, P1000010 .500
Totals2025226  
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (9, Kahnle)
HR - Hunter Pence (5, Kahnle)
RBI - Hunter Pence (16), Pablo Sandoval (13)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (7)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Hicks-Morse, Crawford-Hicks-Morse-Hicks-Morse
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson 3511210 2.13
David Huff 2.2511100 3.52
HBP - Arenado (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 64-38, David Huff 49-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-2, David Huff 4-3
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 16, David Huff 13
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF3000101 .329
Michael Cuddyer, RF4031010 .319
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2010102 .380
Justin Morneau, 1B2010103 .323
Nolan Arenado, 3B2120000 .302
Corey Dickerson, LF3010005 .343
Wilin Rosario, C3110001 .255
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3000000 .291
Jorge De La Rosa, P1000001 .133
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   a-Jhoulys Chacin, PH1010000 .333
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1000000 .322
Totals25210131  
a-singled for Kahnle in the 4th
b-grounded out for Masset in the 6th
Batting
RBI - Michael Cuddyer (11)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau, Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Morneau, Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Morneau-LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Morneau
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 3000130 3.91
Tommy Kahnle 1222111 2.52
Nick Masset 2300020 1.08
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 41-23, Tommy Kahnle 15-10, Nick Masset 29-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 4-1, Tommy Kahnle 1-1, Nick Masset 2-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 9, Tommy Kahnle 6, Nick Masset 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36468
Game Time - 2:09
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Adam Hamari