As Hurricane Hilary draws closer to Southern California, the San Diego Padres and Major League Baseball are taking steps to ensure the potentially history-making event impacts the Padres schedule as little as possible.
What the San Diego Padres are doing in the wake of Hurricane Hilary
With the projected path of Hurricane Hilary taking aim at southern California, the Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will play a day-night double-header on Saturday, August 19, at Petco Park. This will eliminate the Sunday series finale that was originally scheduled but is threatened by the timing of Hilary's movement over the San Diego area.
Arizona and San Diego will play the day portion of their double-header beginning at 12:10 p.m. (Pacific), with the second game scheduled to begin at 5:40 p.m. (Pacific). The games are considered two individual games, so separate tickets will be needed for both games.
According to this MLB.com article, "Hurricane Hilary, which is currently south of San Diego, is projected to spawn a tropical storm that's likely to make field conditions on Sunday unplayable."
Sunday's game in Los Angeles with the Dodgers and in Anaheim with the Angels hosting have also been shuffled to Saturday's double-headers.
This is the last scheduled regular-season visit for the Diamondbacks to San Diego this season, necessitating the double-header on Saturday. Heading into Friday night's encounter between the two National League West rivals, San Diego is 4.0 games behind Arizona in the race for a NL Wild Card spot.
Another interesting thing to watch in conjunction with the weather events surrounding Hilary is the start of a series between the Miami Marlins and Padres in San Diego on Monday night. With San Diego County expected to see anywhere between 2 and 4 inches of rain, a flash flood watch is in effect through Monday night. Could a postponement of the opener be possible?
According to the NBC affiliate in San Diego, if Hilary is still a tropical storm when it reaches the region, it would be a first for San Diego County since 1939.