OGDEN -- The remaining fans scattered around rain-soaked Lindquist Field cheered when the P.A. announcer stated the obvious: the rain had stopped. With the announcer's next words, their joy was dashed.
Even though the rain was gone and the sun was out, the field had soaked up too much water to be playable, postponing Monday night's game between the Ogden Raptors and Helena Brewers.
To make up for the cancellation, the two teams will play a back-to-back doubleheader today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. As is the norm for minor-league doubleheaders, each game is scheduled to last seven innings.
The teams have split the first two games of the series. On Saturday, the Raptors (16-11) walked off on the Brewers, courtesy of Jose Capellan's game-winning double in the ninth. The Brewers (9-18) stole Sunday's game 9-8 after the Raptors had erased an early five-run deficit to take a late lead.
Carlos Frias, slated to start last night, will get the nod on the mound in today's first game. Jake Hermsen, who was set to pitch tonight's regularly scheduled game, will start the nightcap.
Together, Frias and Hermsen have been, perhaps, Ogden's most reliable starters. Frias is 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA and has struck out 25 batters while walking just seven in 24 2/3 innings. Hermsen is 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.
For the Brewers, the likely pitchers are Ryan Gibbard and Leonardo Lorenzo.
Following the doubleheader, the Raptors have Wednesday off before a seven-game road trip that kicks off with a four-game set with Great Falls.