The Giants and Rockies had play halted twice Thursday afternoon. It hailed Titleists. There were tornado warnings. At one point, the stands -- and even the press box -- were evacuated.
There was no reason for the two teams to resume play after Michael Cuddyer’s two-out single in the sixth inning, especially since the Giants return to Denver in September.
Eventually, after the tarp was lifted one more time only to get dumped on again, the decision was made by crew chief Bill Miller to suspend play. It’s a 2-2 game and it’ll be made up from the point play was suspended.
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Who knows? Maybe these two teams will be vying for the NL West title at that time.
This much is for sure: Both clubs already had used their starters and their long relievers. And both clubs will have 40-man rosters full of September call-ups when they meet again.
For player safety, this was the only sensible move.
The Rockies had to fly to Atlanta, where they will play Friday night. So they didn’t want to wait around for hours and hours hoping more thunderstorm cells wouldn’t materialize. And the Giants couldn’t have felt good about stopping and starting catcher Buster Posey a few more times after he missed the previous two games because of an irritated nerve in his back.
Posey collided with first baseman Michael Morse while catching a foul pop, too. Earlier this year, Posey collided with Paul Goldschmidt at first base. Does he ever luck out and run into an Altuve? Guess not.