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Sky Sox snowed out, to play Las Vegas in Monday twinbill

By: BRIAN GOMEZ
April 15, 2012
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photo - A steady snowfall and gusting winds Sunday forced the postponement of a game between the Sky Sox and Las Vegas 51s at Security Service Field. The teams will play a doubleheader Monday, a pair of seven-inning games, with the first beginning at 4 p.m. Ace Christian Friedrich and Edgar Gonzalez are scheduled to start for the Sky Sox. Photo by BRIAN GOMEZ, THE GAZETTE
A steady snowfall and gusting winds Sunday forced the postponement of a game between the Sky Sox and Las Vegas 51s at Security Service Field. The teams will play a doubleheader Monday, a pair of seven-inning games, with the first beginning at 4 p.m. Ace Christian Friedrich and Edgar Gonzalez are scheduled to start for the Sky Sox. Photo by BRIAN GOMEZ, THE GAZETTE 

A steady snowfall and gusting winds Sunday forced the postponement of a game between the Sky Sox and Las Vegas 51s, so the teams will play a doubleheader Monday. It will be a pair of seven-inning games at Security Service Field, with the first beginning at 4 p.m.

Flurries began about half an hour before a scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch that was pushed to 1:20 p.m. Players from both teams took the field for warm-ups, and a ceremonial first pitch was held, then as the snow intensified, players were called off and a tarp was placed on the infield. Ironically, the sun was shining as crew chief Barry Larson called the game at 1:53 p.m. alongside Sky Sox manager Stu Cole and Las Vegas manager Marty Brown.

Most fans left the stadium during the weather delay, while some remained in their seats, with the wind chill dipping below 30 degrees and winds exceeding 40 mph. The forecast for Monday has a 20 percent chance of rain or snow, with a high of 54 degrees and a low of 35 degrees. Fans with tickets for Sunday may exchange them for comparable seats for any game except July 4. One ticket Monday is good for both games of the doubleheader.

Having split the first two games of the series against Las Vegas, the Sky Sox plan to keep ace Christian Friedrich (1-1) as their starter in the first game and give Edgar Gonzalez a spot start over Guillermo Moscoso (0-2) in the second game. Las Vegas has changed both of its starters, moving from Yohan Pino (0-1) to Jesse Chavez (1-0) in Game 1 and from Chavez to Aaron Laffey (0-1) in Game 2. Chances are Jordan Pacheco will play Monday after being optioned Sunday to the Sky Sox so the Rockies had room for Drew Pomeranz.

Contact Brian Gomez: 719-636-0256 or brian.gomez@gazette.com. Facebook: Brian Gomez. Twitter: @gazetteskysox. Google+: Brian Gomez. For the Sky Sox homepage, visit http://www.gazette.com/sections/roxsox

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