The seemingly continuous rain showers over the past few weeks have taken its toll on Lake Olmstead Stadium and the Augusta GreenJackets’ schedule.
The July 4-7 series against Charleston was only half completed because of one postponement and one suspension, and the two games that were completed experienced delays.
Rain bogged down the field to the point of having unplayable conditions even when the rain stopped for an hour Sunday. The GreenJackets staff pulled the tarp six times Saturday.
As a result, Augusta’s schedule has been greatly affected. A June 25 game against Savannah was postponed and will be made up as part of an Aug. 16 doubleheader. Augusta and Charleston will attempt to play six games in four days between Aug. 1-4 to make up for this past weekend.
Sunday’s suspended game will pick up in the third inning Aug. 1 at 5:35 p.m., followed by a regularly scheduled game that night. After a normal nine-inning game Aug. 2, the two teams will play a doubleheader Aug. 3 beginning at 5:35 p.m. The series will wrap up with a 2:05 p.m., start Aug. 4.
GreenJackets manager Mike Goff, who twice played in the Florida State League and once in the South Atlantic League among his minor league assignments as a player, said that the recent rainfall amount is new territory for him.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years,” he said. “I’ve been in just about every league there is, and I’ve never seen it rain every single day like this. It’s just one of those things. You can’t control Mother Nature and you have to deal with it.”
SEEKING RUNS: It’s been a season of ups and downs for the GreenJackets offense. There is no greater example than the past two weeks.
The GreenJackets set season highs for a series with 36 runs and six home runs June 27-30 at Asheville. The offense took advantage of small dimensions and thin air to hit its way to three wins in the four-game set.
After totaling 15 runs in three games at Kannapolis for another series win, the GreenJackets lost their way at the plate in a return to Lake Olmstead.
Augusta totaled one run and six hits in the two games of the Charleston series. The offense failed to get a hit in the first five innings of each game, and RiverDogs starter Dan Camarena completed a six-inning no-hitter Thursday before being pulled because of pitch count.
The GreenJackets rank 13th in the 14-team South Atlantic League with a .241 batting average. They are tied for last with Lexington in home runs with 36. The Legends have the worst average at .220.
Similar to their parent club, the San Francisco Giants, the GreenJackets have scratched and clawed for their runs this season. They are one of three teams in the league with at least 100 steals despite ranking 13th in on-base percentage.