Jackets regroup after rainout

A seven-game homestand couldn’t end soon enough for the struggling Augusta GreenJackets. They got their wish Wednesday night when the last of three games against the first-place Charleston RiverDogs was canceled because of rain.

It’s unlikely the game will be made up because the teams won’t meet again in the first half. Tickets to the game can be used for admission to any future home game except Saturday night contests, according to a statement released by the team.

The washout will give the GreenJackets (5-8) a chance to regroup before heading on the road for a four-game series in Greenville, S.C., followed by the first scheduled off day of the season.

The GreenJackets will leave Lake Olmstead Stad­ium with only one win. Their five-game losing streak is the longest in three years.

“Things aren’t going our way right now,” manager Lipso
Nava said. “We’re going to have to find a way to win and stop the losing streak.”

Defensive errors, a lack of clutch hitting and short outings from starters contributed to the series of losses. The team managed a 4-0 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats in its home opener last Thursday.

Other bright spots were Saturday night’s contest, which featured postgame fireworks and drew 5,858 fans, a record for Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Augusta averaged 2,910 fans per game during the homestand, good for eighth in the 14-team South Atlantic League and on par with last year’s season-long average of 2,943 fans per game.

Though the team entered the homestand tied for second in the Southern Division standings and a half-game out of first, it will leave 41/2 games back.

Chris Marlowe, Wed­nesday’s scheduled starter, will likely take the mound tonight in Greenville. Fellow starters Aldaberto Mejia and Kyle Crick will follow in the rotation.

Augusta returns home Tuesday to start another
seven-game homestand.

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