- - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Adam Aaronson, 16, sat in one of the back rows of section 124 here late Tuesday afternoon, watching his hometown Phillies host the Washington Nationals.

The teenager from nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey, had plenty of room to spread out.

There were just a few hundred fans in the stands at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia for the first game of a doubleheader between the National League East rivals.

They had no trouble hearing the shouts of the third-base coach or when Andrew Stevenson of the Nationals broke his bat while grounding out in the top of the seventh inning. The cry of a baby in the stands could be heard easily from the pressbox.

“It is very pleasant,” said his mother, Eden.

“Calming,” Adam said.

The younger Aaronson quickly bought a pair of tickets Monday evening for the first game of the Tuesday twinbill when he learned wet grounds caused the Phillies to postpone the first game of the series against the Nationals.

The grounds crew of the Phillies did not put tarp over the infield this past weekend while the Phillies were in New York to face the Mets. The Philly area got more rain than expected, turning the infield into “pudding,” according to one of the Nationals.

Joe and Kathy Coin, a married 60-ish couple from Westhampton, New Jersey, learned Tuesday morning about the postponement.

They got on Stubhub.com and bought a pair of tickets for about $67 — the normal price would have been about $120, they said. They have been attending Phillies games for about 20 years.

“It kind of worked out for us,” Joe Coin said. “We thought there is going to be a lot of people who can’t come to the first game (Tuesday). We have never been here with this few people. It is a big change.”

It may not be the last time this month big league games have few people in the stands, especially if rainouts force more doubleheaders with little advance notice for fans.

The Nationals are slated to have a makeup game on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. at Nationals Park against the Chicago Cubs. That game was rained out Sunday, meaning the Nationals played just one day out of four in a stretch from Friday to Monday.

Of course, Hurricane Florence, which is already forcing changes in college football this weekend, could have the final say on the Thursday game at Nationals Park.

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