A fallen tree on a power line temporarily knocked Lake Olmstead Stadium out of commission during Wednesday night’s Augusta GreenJackets game. The lights came back on after a 25-minute delay, but the GreenJackets never recovered in a 4-2 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Augusta (8-10) led 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when the fallen tree on nearby Lake Avenue caused a power outage that impacted the stadium and 26 homes near Lake Olmstead, according to Georgia Power and the Richmond County Fire Department. The stadium lost power for a few moments, but the lights required a complete reboot.
“A transformer blew down the road, and we thought we were going to have to suspend the game and resume it tomorrow,” Augusta first-year general manager Bob Flannery said. “We knew it would take 10 to 15 minutes to let the lights cool down and then turn them back on.”
Once play resumed, the GreenJackets surrendered the lead 12 minutes later with a two-error, three-run seventh.
“I’m not going to use (the power outage and delay) as an excuse,” manager Lipso Nava said. “We lost some momentum, yeah, but we still have to finish the game.”
Augusta starter Edwin Escobar allowed one run on four hits over six innings, and gave way to reliever Andrew Berger to start the seventh. The right-hander allowed a leadoff single to White Sox first-round draft pick Keenyn Walker, who promptly stole second, advanced to third on a wild throw from catcher Eric Sim and scored when center fielder Chuckie Jones misfired on his throw to third.
The three-run seventh was enough for reliever Terence Marin, who stranded GreenJackets runners in the seventh, eighth and ninth for 3⅓ shutout innings and his second win.