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Rockies and Padres suspended in the fifth inning

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Rain put a stop to Eddie Butler's nice outing.

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We'll have to wait until September to find out whether or not the Rockies can avoid the sweep.

The Rockies took advantage of some poor Padres defense and solid pitching from Eddie Butler to secure a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. After a second inning single Nolan Arenado single, Ben Paulsen reached on error by Jedd Gyorko, after which Arenado ended up at third base. Nick Hundley then singled Arenado in to take the lead. Eddie Butler was sharp, despite not having his best stuff. In four scoreless innings, he allowed two hits. Significantly, he only walked a batter and he struck out one in each of his four innings.

And then the cloud of sadness that has been following the Rockies this season wept the game into a delay that lasted nearly three hours. This is just the sixth rain delay at PETCO Park since it opened in 2004. The rain was, apparently, so bad that officials decided to suspend the game rather than wait it out.

Interestingly, three or four Padres might be playing for different teams when the game does resume. The Rockies head back to Denver tomorrow for a six game homestead, starting with a three game set against the Rangers.

UPDATE

Yesterday's Rockies game has been postponed, meaning that it will start over on September 10.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Strike previous, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rockies?src=hash">#Rockies</a> and Padres will start over on Sept 10</p>&mdash; Nick Groke (@nickgroke) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickgroke/status/622921668923490304">July 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

If only the Rockies and Padres were able to put down the Padres in the bottom of the fifth without scoring. It would have made the game official and the Rockies would have won. While Eddie Butler's statistics won't count, his solid performance counts for something with regard to his return to the rotation. Because he wasn't able to continue, however, his Sunday grade has to be incomplete.