Diamondbacks rained out for second consecutive day
The Arizona Diamondbacks were rained out for the second consecutive day on Monday, when their game against the Florida Marlins at Land Shark Stadium in Miami was postponed after a long delay in the top of the fourth inning.
The rainout is scheduled to be made up on Wednesday as part of a twi-night doubleheader beginning at 2:10 p.m. Arizona time.
The Diamondbacks (14-23) and Marlins (18-20) are slated to play a four-game series with night games on Tuesday and Thursday in addition to Wednesday’s twin bill. The weather forecast for South Florida calls for a 100-percent chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday and a 60-percent chance of thunder showers on both Wednesday and Thursday.
The D-backs and Marlins played through a steady rain at Land Shark Stadium for three innings on Monday. The Marlins were leading 1-0 in the top of the fourth when home-plate umpire Jerry Layne called for the tarpaulin. After a one-hour, 36-minute rain delay, during which large puddles formed in the outfield, the game was called.
The postponement is costing Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren a start. After pitching three innings in Monday’s washed-out game, Haren (3-4, 2.09 ERA) won’t be available to return to the mound until Friday or Saturday during the D-backs’ upcoming series at Oakland.
Jon Garland (3-2, 5.18) is scheduled to start on Tuesday for Arizona against Florida’s Josh Johnson (3-0, 2.50). Doug Davis (2-5, 3.22) and Bryan Augenstein (0-1, 7.11) are slated to pitch for the Diamondbacks during Wednesday’s doubleheader, while Max Scherzer (1-3, 3.35) will get the call for the Desert Snakes on Thursday.
The Diamondbacks haven’t played a game to completion since this past Saturday, when they blanked the Braves 12-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta as Scherzer earned his first major-league victory. The D-backs and Braves were rained out on Sunday.
By: Tom Kessler
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