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Record rain washes out Dodgers-Rockies

No makeup date announced for Saturday night's game
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DENVER -- It's been a record-breaking week in Denver, and it probably shouldn't be surprising that a pair of records were broken and tied on the same day. As Denver reportedly broke a record for rain in a week on Saturday, the Rockies tied a record for most postponed games in a season with their fourth postponed game in their last six scheduled days of baseball at home.

"I've never seen weather like this in Denver," manager Walt Weiss said before Saturday's game against the Dodgers was postponed. "I've lived here 21, 22 years. I've never seen it stick around like this where it's just socked in for a week. The record proves me right. I think we're breaking a record today for the amount of rain in a week. Unfortunately, we're home during this time."

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DENVER -- It's been a record-breaking week in Denver, and it probably shouldn't be surprising that a pair of records were broken and tied on the same day. As Denver reportedly broke a record for rain in a week on Saturday, the Rockies tied a record for most postponed games in a season with their fourth postponed game in their last six scheduled days of baseball at home.

"I've never seen weather like this in Denver," manager Walt Weiss said before Saturday's game against the Dodgers was postponed. "I've lived here 21, 22 years. I've never seen it stick around like this where it's just socked in for a week. The record proves me right. I think we're breaking a record today for the amount of rain in a week. Unfortunately, we're home during this time."

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No date has been announced for a makeup game. The two teams do not have a shared off-day on either end of the Dodgers' remaining two trips to Colorado.

Tickets for Saturday's game will be valid for the rescheduled game or exchanges can be made for any game throughout the remainder of the 2015 season -- value for value, best available seating -- as long as the exchange is made prior to the rescheduled game.

Sunday could have its own challenge, with 5-10 inches of snow in the Front Range forecast between Saturday night and Sunday, ruling out the option of a doubleheader.

"We'll stick to our rotation," Weiss said before the game was postponed. "We're not going to bump anybody with the off-day [Monday]."

Following the announcement of Saturday's postponement, the Rockies and Dodgers both confirmed that Saturday's pitchers would stay in place and pitch Sunday's series finale. That means Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.72 ERA) and Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.00) will toe the rubber on Sunday.

The Rockies had a rainout in the final game of their last homestand, Sunday, April 26 against the Giants. After a week on the road, they came home to back-to-back rainouts Monday and Tuesday of this week with the D-backs in town, got a doubleheader in Wednesday, had an off-day Thursday, played the Dodgers in a rain-shortened game Friday, then saw Saturday's second game of the series postponed.

The start of Friday's series opener with L.A. was delayed an hour, then played in wet conditions for an hour and forty-one minutes before being delayed in the sixth and ultimately ended after an hour-and-forty-minute delay. They played through a torrential deluge in the bottom of the fifth with the Rockies trying to make up a one-run deficit before the game became official.

"It was coming down," Weiss said of the bottom of the fifth. "The infield started to get shiny, meaning the puddles were starting to form. They were trying to get through the fifth inning. I get that. Trying to get to an official game. But it was heavy rain."

The home team has the authority to make pregame decisions about whether or not to play, but once the game starts, the responsibility for decisions about playing or stopping shifts to the umpires.

"The umpires met with [Dodgers manager] Donnie [Mattingly] and me a couple times during the delay in the umpires room just to keep us in the loop on what they were hearing in terms of radar and all those things, so they did a nice job of keeping us informed throughout the night," Weiss said.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com.

 

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