The Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies somehow played 10 innings in what was pretty much a continuous rain storm Wednesday night. Of course the Braves fell 3-2 and the damage to the infield at Truist Park ultimately left it unplayable for Thursday’s series finale.
The grounds crew covered the field after the completion of Wednesday’s game and that didn’t allow it any opportunity to dry out. In fact, Brian Snitker said it was in worse shape after the tarp was pulled than it was before it was covered. That led to a two hour delay Thursday before the decision was ultimately made to postpone the game.
The official announcement said that the game “would be made up at a later date” and that will likely be on October 4 after the scheduled conclusion of the regular season.
“Yeah, I think they’re looking at that right now as to what’s going to happen,” Brian Snitker said of a potential October 4 date. “I think that’s up to Major League Baseball.”
The Braves have one off day remaining on Monday, September 27 but the Rockies already have a scheduled game against the Nationals that night in Colorado. That means that they will likely be forced to return to Atlanta for one game on October 4 if necessary if it has any bearing on the NL East or the wild card race.
Thursday’s cancellation answered one question for the Braves on their upcoming road trip. Ian Anderson had been scheduled to start Thursday’s game and will now get the call for Friday’s opener against the Giants. Charlie Morton will go on Saturday with Max Fried scheduled for Sunday.
Atlanta had initially listed Sunday’s starter as TBA as that would have been the spot currently occupied by Touki Toussaint. Given his recent struggles, there was some question as to whether Toussaint would make that start or would go with Drew Smyly or other options.