Rockies-Padres postponed by rare rainout in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) It was a rare summer day in San Diego - a Padres game was rained out.
In the first washout at Petco Park since 2006, the Colorado Rockies and Padres were postponed Sunday.
The Rockies led 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning when play was stopped. It was called after a wait of 2 1/2 hours.
Petco Park opened in 2004 and the only previous rainout came two years later.
''With the forecast of rain coming and how much water the field took, the outfield warning track and all that kind of stuff, they didn't want to restart for the possibility of playing for a half hour,'' Padres manager Pat Murphy said.
The game will start fresh on Sept. 10, a mutual off day for both teams. The Rockies are in San Diego for three games leading up to Sept. 10.
The Padres, who played at Qualcomm Stadium before Petco Park was built, had never had a home rainout in July in franchise history.
''We invented it,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.''We've been making it rain all year. I don't think I've ever seen rain in San Diego. This is strange.''
Sunday marked just the sixth rain delay at Petco; another game was compromised by a swarm of bees.
It was the Padres' second rain delay of the season, but they resumed play on May 14 against the Washington Nationals.
Matt Kemp doubled twice for the Padres, but those stats were wiped out.
San Diego outfielder Justin Upton was removed in the fifth inning with a sore left oblique. Murphy said Upton was day-to-day.
''I don't anticipate DL, I really don't,'' Murphy said.
The Padres had gone 820 games between home rainouts, the last one on April 4, 2006, against the San Francisco Giants.
Rockies : RHP Chad Bettis was put on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. ... OF Corey Dickerson (plantar fasciitis) was sent out on a rehabilitation assignment to Single-A Modesto. It's not expected to be an extended stint for Dickerson, who will start off as a DH.
Padres: RHP Brandon Morrow (sore right shoulder) will throw a simulated game on Monday at Petco Park. He could be sent to Triple-A El Paso after that for a rehab assignment. ... 2B Cory Spangenberg (bruised left knee) is making improvement but there's no timetable for his return.
Rockies: RHP Chris Rusin (3-3, 3.98 ERA ) faces the Texas Rangers at home on Monday and that's a plus. Rusin is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts at Coors Field this year.
Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy (4-9, 4.91 ERA) opens a three-game series against the Giants on Monday. He has lost four straight starts, with his last win coming on June 18 against the Oakland A's.