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No game for Sky Sox after long rain delay

By Joe Paisley Published: August 9, 2013

After a 2 hour, 18-minute rain delay, Friday's game between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Nashville Sounds was postponed to 3:30 p.m. Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

"Mother Nature was not kind to us tonight," on-field host Jon Eddy told the few hundred at Security Service Field who waited out the downpour that caused serious flooding in other parts of Colorado Springs.

The Saturday twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games. Friday's tickets are good for admission to any remaining 2013 home regular-season game, including doubleheaders.

The scheduled starters for Saturday are Colorado Springs right-hander Chris Volstad (5-4, 4.95 ERA) versus Nashville righty Johnny Hellweg (10-4, 2.44) in Game 1 and Cory Riordon (4-4, 6.75) against Sounds lefty Aaron Laffey (1-2, 5.13) in the nightcap.

Friday's starter for the Sky Sox, righty Armando Galarraga (0-1, 9.39), will throw in Sunday's series finale.

Due to weather delays, the Sky Sox (56-6) are scheduled to play four doubleheaders, including one at Fresno on Sept. 2, the last day of the regular season.

Offense cooling off

The Sky Sox, on pace to surpass the club record of 74 triples set in 1992 and flirt with breaking the Pacific Coast League mark of 88 set in 2002 by the Salt Lake Stingers, have not hit one since a Lars Davis triple July 28 made it No. 68.

The team continues to lead the PCL in batting average (.289) but that mark has been steadily dropping during the team's recent skid, which includes a seven-game losing streak and 14 in the past 16 games.

Notes

Coming into Saturday's doubleheader, the Sky Sox have scored seven more runs (315) at home despite playing nine fewer games than on the road. . Colorado Springs first baseman Ben Paulsen is second in the PCL with 52 extra-base hits, trailing only Wilmer Flores of Las Vegas, who has 58. Paulsen has hit .327 (36-for-110) with 15 extra-base hits and 14 RBIs since July 1. ... The double play turned by the Sky Sox Thursday was No. 125, second in the PCL to Albuquerque (135).

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