Born in Ohio and raised in the South, I'm a diehard Cleveland sports fan. I pass on NASCAR, play any sport but soccer and can't understand why the NFL is so undervalued in the Southeast. My favorite sport is basketball. I was a sports writer at the Columbia County News-Times from 2005 to 2007 before becoming Minor League Sports Writer at the Augusta Chronicle in December 2007.
Posted September 1, 2012 12:56 am

GreenJackets Gameday: End in sight

Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) vs. Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)

WHEN: today, 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium: directions
WEATHER: Isolated thunderstorms and 87 degrees at game time with a 30 percent chance of rain: forecast
PROMOTION: Fan Appreciation Night/Sparking Saturdays. The GreenJackets will show their appreciation to their fans with giveaways and a postgame fireworks show.
TICKETS: Start at $9. Call the box office at (706) 922-WINS or visit
IN-GAME UPDATES: On Twitter (@BillyByler) or receive text alerts on your phone.
STANDINGS: Augusta 37-30, 69-67 (3rd SAL Southern); Charleston 31-35, 70-63 (4th SAL Southern)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Charleston leads the season series 8-7 and the current series 1-0.
PROBABLE STARTERS: GreenJackets RHP Danny Sandbrink (0-0, 1.13) vs. RiverDogs RHP Cesar Vargas (0-0, 3.86).


The GreenJackets were officially eliminated from playoff contention with last night's loss. Rome claimed the South Atlantic League Southern Division second-half championship with its doubleheader sweep in Lexington combined with Asheville's loss in Hagerstown.


So the Rome Braves and Asheville Tourists are preparing for the first round of the playoffs while the rest of the division is preparing for the offseason. Usually when a team gets eliminated from postseason contention several of its players get shipped off to other teams within the organization - the teams that are in the playoffs. Sadly, there aren't many options within the Giants' system this season. Of the organization's six minor league teams, only the Advanced-A San Jose Giants reached the postseason this year. A few GreenJackets may be heading there, but it also may be too late to do much good. There are only three games left in the regular season.


That means only three more opportunities to see this current batch of GreenJackets. It's difficult to predict at this level who will go on to big league careers. Pitchers Clayton Blackburn, Kyle Crick, Edwin Escobar and Cody Hall each had solid seasons worthy of promotions. Shawn Payne and Brett Krill also impressed at the plate.


So come out to Lake Olmstead Stadium one last time this year. Who knows? You may end up seeing something like this.