Humidity and heat continued its reign at Lake Olmstead Stadium, and the worst of it came tonight when the Augusta GreenJackets played their longest game of the season.
The 3-hour, 29-minute game went the usual nine innings, but the two teams combined for 19 runs on 26 hits and six errors in an 11-8 victory for the Rome Braves.
No wonder it felt like a long night, GreenJackets Dave Machemer said. Put it this way: we didnt play good tonight all the way around. We battled, and we didnt quit, but we didnt play very good at all.
The GreenJackets recent winning ways cooled off in the summer heat. They entered the evening on a three-game winning streak with the pitching staff allowing less than five runs per game on the current home stand. But Rome burned four GreenJackets pitchers for 11 runs on 15 hits.
Starter Aaron King lasted 3-plus innings after giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits. The three GreenJackets relievers, Kyle Woodruff, Mitch Lively and Trey Webb allowed at least one run in every inning but the seventh.
The first four batters in the Rome line up combined for 10 hits on the night led by leadoff man Jahdiel Santamaria and his 3 for 4 effort. Samuel Sime, the Braves No. 7 hitter, went 3 for 5 with three RBI thanks to a pair of triples.