A stray kitten found its way to the top row of Lake Olmstead Stadium and wailed away for most of Monday night's game.
The cat needed a home, and Augusta needed a win. Neither got what it was looking for.
The GreenJackets began their three-game homestand with Capital City by extending their losing streak to six in a 6-2 defeat before a sparse, sweat-soaked crowd.
The Jackets' recent struggles have been characterized by a multitude of errors mental and physical, and the top of the seventh inning Monday summed up their plight succinctly.
With the score tied at 1-1, Capital City's Alhaji Turray stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. The Jackets had a great chance of getting out of the inning unscathed when pitcher Mike Garber induced what had all the looks of a double play.
However, shortstop Hanley Ramirez botched the play, and the ball rolled into the outfield. Two runs scored.
"We didn't field the ball," said Jackets manager Russ Morman. "We got the ground ball that we needed and we didn't field it."
The Bombers then pulled a double steal, as Aaron Baldiris scored from third while Turray took second to make it 4-1.
The Bombers made it a four-run cushion thanks to another Jackets error. This one was charged to catcher Dusty Brown, who made a bad throw trying to catch Andres Rodriguez stealing second to allow another run in.
Ramirez and Rodriguez collided on the play and both were shaken up. Ramirez, favoring his right foot, seemed fine after a few minutes.
The Jackets have committed 18 errors in the past five games. Their last game without an error was June 20 against Charleston - a span of seven games.
"The team that executes wins, and the teams that don't ... they don't," Morman said. "We didn't execute."
Augusta finally put something together offensively in the eighth inning, as Chad Spann hit an RBI double down the right-field line. The score was 5-2, and Jeff Ontiveros walked to load the bases with one out.
Brown, however, grounded into a double play to end the threat. Edgar Rodriguez added an insurance run in the ninth with a towering solo home run inside the left-field foul pole.
"You have to be able to overcome errors," Morman said, "and we have not been able to overcome ours."
Bombers 6, GreenJackets 2
TURNING POINT: The Bombers broke open a tie game in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four runs as the Jackets committed two errors. Augusta has 18 errors in its past five games.
BIG BAT: Capital City third baseman Aaron Baldiris went 2-for-3 with a double and was on base three times.
TOP GUN: Capital City's Ryan Olson gave up one hit in four innings of relief and recorded five strikeouts.
FOR THE RECORD: WP-Olson (3-2). LP-Mike Garber (1-2)
GAME 2: Tonight, 7:15, Lake Olmstead Stadium
PROBABLE STARTERS: Capital City-LHP Scott Kazmir (2-3, 2.67); Augusta-RHP Kevin Huang (2-3, 5.11)
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