A rumor surfaced earlier today that the Phillies game with the Florida Marlins on Sunday will be moved up and turned into a doubleheader on Saturday due to the impending Hurricane that is angling toward the east coast.
That has now been confirmed by the team in a press release:
The Phillies game on Sunday, August 28 against the Florida Marlins has been moved up due to the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Irene. The game will be played as part of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday, August 27 at 1:05 p.m.
All tickets for the August 28 game will be honored for entry into the August 27 day game, which begins at 1:05 p.m. The ShopRite Back-to-School Cliff Lee Gym Bag giveaway for fans 14 and under will also take place at the afternoon game. All gates, including Ashburn Alley, will open at 11:05 a.m. for the 1:05 p.m. game.
The regularly scheduled game on August 27 will still begin at 7:05 p.m. Fans holding tickets for August 27 should attend the 7:05 p.m. game. All gates, including Ashburn Alley, will open at 6:05 p.m. for the second game.
The Phillies starters are scheduled to be RHP Roy Halladay for the 1:05 p.m. game and LHP Cliff Lee for the 7:05 p.m. game.
Hurricane Irene is set to make landfall sometime later on Saturday and will wash out the game on Sunday, so the Phillies appear to be proactive in trying to play an entire series. Saturday, however, may not be much better depending on when the rain will fall.
The better move could be a doubleheader tomorrow, to ensure that Saturday’s weather does not play a role in canceling the game anyway.