ATLANTA – The Colorado Rockies’ game in the Atlanta Braves has been postponed due to a damp field caused by rain.
A makeup date was not immediately announced.
NL East-leading Braves entered 3 1/2 games ahead of second-placed Philadelphia on Thursday.
The start of the game was pushed back almost two hours in the hope that the wet field would become playable. There was more rain Thursday morning after heavy rain Wednesday night.
The Braves and Rockies are not scheduled to play again this season and have no matching days off. Both teams wanted to play the match as planned on Thursday if possible, although they also had to consider travel plans for Friday matches.
Atlanta is set to headline a three-game series in San Francisco, while Colorado is set to start a set in Washington on Friday.
Braves manager Brian Snitker, Rockies manager Bud Black, Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt and Braves chairman Terry McGuirk met with referee CB Bucknor, Braves field director Ed Mangan and others on the field before the decision was made to postpone the game.
A possible makeup date may, if necessary, be October 4, the day after the last scheduled match of the normal season. The Rockies are scheduled to play their last regular season game in Arizona on October 3, possibly giving a long flight to the one makeup game.
Braves RHP Chris Martin (inflammation of the right elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day injury list. RHP Luke Jackson was placed on the paternity list. Martin was placed at IL on September 2 and threw a perfect inning for Triple-A Gwinnett in a rehab on Tuesday.
Rockies: Colorado’s road trip continues Friday as LHP Kyle Freeland (5-8, 4.76) is scheduled to start the opening of a three-game series in Washington.
Braves: In a match of division leaders, Atlanta opens its set in San Francisco on Friday with RHP Ian Anderson (7-5, 3.61) scheduled to start. Anderson was Thursday’s scheduled starter.