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 3, 2012 12:30 am

GreenJackets Gameday: Season finale

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

WHEN: today, 2:05 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium: directions
WEATHER: Scattered thunderstorms and 86 degrees at game time with a 40 percent chance of rain: forecast
PROMOTION: Feed Your Face Finale. Select items at the concessions stand are free through the sixth innings.
TICKETS: Start at $11. 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 37-32, 69-69 (3rd SAL Southern); Charleston 33-35, 72-63 (4th SAL Southern)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Charleston leads the season series 10-7 and the current series 3-0.
PROBABLE STARTERS: GreenJackets RHP Paul Davis (6-7, 3.56) vs. RiverDogs RHP Bryan Mitchell (8-11, 4.82).


The final game of the regular season means nothing in the standings, and no one single game will make or break the career of a professional athlete. But there is something the GreenJackets have to play for today.


The San Francisco Giants first arrived in Augusta in 2005 when the GreenJackets became the organization's Single-A affiliate. Since then, every GreenJackets team has posted winning seasons. That's seven years in a row of winning baseball. If the GreenJackets don't win today, that streak is over.


Augusta is 69-69 this season. One rain out earlier this year wasn't made up, so there's no .500 possibility. It's either a winning season or a losing season. Manager Lipso Nava has emphasized the importance of finishing a season strong even if there's no shot at the playoffs. So far, this team has not heeded his words.


The bullpen blew the game Saturday night. Defensive errors and a lack of hitting kept the team out of the game Sunday. They'll try to avoid the sweep today with right-hander Paul Davis on the mound. Charleston, which has now won 10 of its last 11 games, will counter with Bryan Mitchell, who lasted just one inning the last time he faced the GreenJackets. He gave up three runs in a loss Aug. 17 in Augusta.