GreenJackets Gameday: Lucky dogs

Billy Byler/Staff

Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) vs. Asheville Tourists (Rockies)

WHEN: today, 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium: directions
WEATHER: Partly cloudy and 83 degrees at game time with a 20 percent chance of rain: forecast
PROMOTION: Two for Tuesdays. Drinks are two for the price of one.
TICKETS: Start at $7. Call the box office at (706) 922-WINS or visit GreenJacketsBaseball.com.
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1340 AM WYNF
IN-GAME UPDATES: On Twitter (@BillyByler) or receive text alerts on your phone.
STANDINGS: Augusta 4-1, 36-38 (t1st SAL Southern); Asheville 1-4, 48-27 (t6th SAL Southern)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Asheville leads the season series 4-1. Augusta leads the current series 1-0.
PROBABLE STARTERS: GreenJackets RHP Paul Davis (3-2, 4.20) vs. Tourists RHP Ben Alsup (7-3, 4.94).

 

It appears that the GreenJackets have a mascot. She's a lucky dog, and this team, which has won four of five second-half games all by one run each, has a little luck going its way as well.

 

Check the photo above to see the sweet little dog who wandered into the stadium earlier this week and befriended the groundskeepers. She's a timid, quiet dog and, according to head groundskeeper Zack Baker, is in need of a new home. Shoot me an e-mail at billy.byler@augustachronicle.com if you're interested in taking her in. The GreenJackets haven't lost since she showed up, so she's clearly a better pet than a fish with the exception that a fish won't leave a present in shallow right field during batting practice. Oops.

 

I know I keep emphasizing the increase in quality starting pitching, which continued Monday night with seven innings from Edwin Escobar. So I'll stick to the offensive side for a bit. Brett Krill - 2 for 4 Monday with an RBI - is now 11 for 16 through the five games since the all-star break. San Francisco Giants coordinator of minor league instruction Shane Turner is in town and has been working with Krill and the other hitters. The GreenJackets have gone from the worst hitting team in the league earlier this year to posting the league's second-best batting average (.278) in June.

 

Defensively, catcher Joe Staley took some groundballs at first base during batting practice Monday. Tommy Joseph, a second-round draft pick and GreenJackets catcher in 2010, did the same thing when he was here. It's no surprise for young catching prospects to be encouraged to refine their skills at first base in an organization that has a 25-year-old catcher solidified in its big league lineup. Call it the Buster Posey effect. Manager Lipso Nava said Staley may see some time at first base this year, but don't expect him to make a permanent move away from catching.

 

On the mound, Paul Davis gets the start tonight. He's a reliever who was supposed to make a one-time spot start last week, but it appears he may be staying in the starting rotation a little longer. The GreenJackets are currently using a six-man rotation even though many other teams use just five. I think the young age of the starters has something to do with that. Clayton Blackburn (19-years-old), Kyle Crick (19), Adalberto Mejia (19) and Edwin Escobar (20) all have strong but young arms that certainly don't need to be overworked so early in their careers. So Davis, who is an impressive middle reliever, will get the start today. I don't expect to see him last six or seven innings like the other starters have. He's still used to coming out of the bullpen and in this new summer heat wave, Nava will probably be pleased with four or five quality innings.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/26/12 - 08:06 am
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What is the average number of

What is the average number of ATTENDEES at Greenjackets games?

What are the modal and median numbers of attendees there?

angedelune
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angedelune 06/26/12 - 10:53 am
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i would say the average

i would say the average number out there is about 150 or so. i like the green-jackets games, it's sad that this area doesn't take more pride in their athletic teams. there are 500K people in the area and it's hard to get anyone to show up anywhere for anything, and yet i still hear people complain there is nothing to do

pommom38
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pommom38 06/26/12 - 03:26 pm
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150??! I thought Augusta

150??! I thought Augusta loved their baseball??
If that number is correct, then I don't feel so bad that the hockey team draws little over 2000.
Maybe Augusta just likes to whine about nothing to do instead of partaking in events.

Billy Byler
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Billy Byler 06/26/12 - 03:52 pm
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The GreenJackets' average

The GreenJackets' average paid attendance is 2,929 fans per game. That ranks them eighth in attendance in the 14-team South Atlantic League.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/26/12 - 04:03 pm
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Billy Byler, May I rephrase

Billy Byler,

May I rephrase the question I posed earlier today: How many people, on average, are present in the stands at Greenjackets games?

I am uninterested in the average number of tickets which have been sold for each game.

pommom38
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pommom38 06/26/12 - 06:27 pm
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Craig, there was another blog

Craig, there was another blog he did about that very topic. Am sure if you click on his name, it will bring it up. It was nice to see (for once) that a reporter actually reported info about actual butts in seats vs tickets sold.

Billy Byler
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Billy Byler 06/26/12 - 07:00 pm
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Here's the blog post about

Here's the blog post about attendance reporting: http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/billy-byler/2012-05-29/gr...

The quick version: professional (and most college) teams only report paid attendance and do not report actual attendance.

By my eye-balling estimation, I'd say actual attendance averages 500-800 for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday games and 2,500-4,000 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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