ATLANTA -- The Braves and Rockies decided against another game of mud baseball. And now, the Rockies can celebrate.
Thursday’s series finale was postponed because of “inclement weather and unplayable field conditions,” according to a Braves announcement that said the game would be rescheduled for a later date. The call was made after the Rockies took a 3-2, 10-inning decision on Wednesday night as the teams played through constant showers of varying heaviness. Several innings were delayed as the grounds crew tended to the field, mound and home plate areas.
The decision to postpone has underrated significance for the Rockies. It has been a difficult road campaign, as the 23-51 road record can attest. But with the Rockies already 5-1 against the Phillies and Braves on a trip that ends with a three-game weekend series at Washington, they’ve clinched their first winning road trip of the season.
The teams do not have a common off-day before the end of the regular season on Oct. 3. The Rockies are idle Monday, the Braves on Sept. 27. The teams made every effort to squeeze in the game Thursday, first by delaying it nearly two hours. But after pulling back the tarp, umpires, managers, coaches, athletic trainers and front-office officials kicked around the area near second base, then shook hands and gave their goodbye hugs.
Such decisions are difficult. But Braves manager Brian Snitker said the field may have been playable Thursday if not for Wednesday’s game.
“The fact we played through a tropical storm last night kind of took the field away from us today,” Snitker said. “It was terrible out there. It was all top dress [drying agent], so it would be like playing on the beach.”
About 40 minutes after the announcement, the sun came blazing through and crews began repairing the infield. The Braves also are traveling, so there is time for Truist Park to recover.
Plus, maybe it isn’t goodbye after all. The Braves, who dropped both games against the Rockies this week, entered the day leading the Phillies by 3 1/2 games in the National League East. So the game could be important in the standings. If it is, Oct. 4 -- the day after the regular season ends -- could be the day it’s made up.
As for the Rockies, Thursday was treated as an off-day. The rotation was pushed back a day, meaning All-Star righty Germán Márquez (12-10, 3.93 ERA) will start Friday night against the Nationals.