In the Sky Sox clubhouse, a schedule is posted detailing the players agenda for the day.
Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole might have to start scheduling time for rain delays because they’ve been about as common at Security Service Field as an Eric Young Jr. stolen base.
“Yeah, lately it seems like we’ve been having them almost every day,” said Young who leads the Pacific Coast League with 50 stolen bases. “It does get tiring going out, playing, coming in (the clubhouse), sitting down and trying to pick it back up and go again. But it’s just one of those things you have got to deal with and the other team got to do the same thing so we can’t really make excuses.”
The Sky Sox’s (55-45) first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Sacramento (62-38) was delayed by rain in the bottom of the third inning with Young on third base, right fielder Matt Murton at the plate and the River Cats up 3-2. After rain turned the field into a swamp and hail pelted those who were in the stands or on the field, umpires postponed the game about 90 minutes after it was suspended.
Sky Sox public relations director Mike Hobson said he’s seen more rain this year than in any of his past four seasons with the team.
The series, which was scheduled for four games, was shortened to three with the completion of Sunday’s game set to start today at 10:30 a.m. today and be the first of a doubleheader. Both games are slated for seven innings.
Although a doubleheader was scheduled for Sunday, Cole said the suspension and loss of one game was not heavy on his mind.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I’m not a big complainer. It’s just something that you have to adjust to. You can’t control the weather.”
Mother Nature didn’t topple the Sky Sox player’s spirits. In the midst of the delay, multiple players left the clubhouse and slid headfirst in the pool of water out in the right outfield corner.
Sunday’s game marked the fourth time this year the Sky Sox have had a game suspended because of weather. Colorado Springs is 0-3 in games that have been suspended and later completed.
The starters for the second game of Monday’s doubleheader are slated to be right-hander Esmil Rogers (1-1, 6.23 ERA) for the Sky Sox and righty Clayton Mortensen for the River Cats. Mortensen was one of the three minor leaguers aqcuired by Oakland from St. Louis in Friday's trade involving Matt Holliday.
Sky Sox games suspended due to rain, final score:
May 1 vs. Sacramento, Sacramento won 6-3
May 26 at Albuquerque, Albuquerque won 10-7
June 29 vs. Portland, Portland won 10-8
July 26 vs. Sacramento, completion of game today at 10:30 a.m.