On a special night where 1,000 fans received a Johan Santana Bobble Head doll, the Gnats beat the August GreenJackets 9-4… scoring all nine runs in the first three innings.
CLICK ON THE VIDEO LINK TO SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SAND GNATS WIN OVER AUGUST 9-4.
Santana pitched three innings two seasons ago in a rehab start for the New York Mets.
RELEASE FROM THE SAVANNAH SAND GNATS:
Gnats Double Past GreenJackets
GA – The Savannah Sand Gnats made the most of their happy hour Friday
night, scoring nine runs in the first three innings on their way to a 9-4 win
over the Augusta GreenJackets at Historic Grayson Stadium. Helped by five
Savannah doubles, three of which scored two runs, starter Gabriel Ynoa won his
South Atlantic League leading 11th game of the year
Gnats (14-15/57-14) scored the game's first runs in the bottom of the first. LF
Maikis De La Cruz and DH Stefan Sabol each singled and scored on
RF Eudy Pina's double ripped over Augusta CF Andrew Cain's head.
expanded their 2-0 lead with a four-run top of the second. After the bottom of
the order loaded the bases, back-to-back two-run doubles from De La Cruz and
Sabol put the Gnats up 6-0.
GreenJackets (15-15/53-46) picked up two runs back against Ynoa in the third to
pull within four runs at 6-2. Ynoa fought through five innings, yielding four
runs on 10 hits.
Gnats answered back with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Twenty-year olds SS Philip Evans and CF Brandon Nimmo each
singled home runs in the frame as the Gnats pushed their lead to 9-2. Evans
scored single runs in the fourth and fifth against Ynoa. Neither Ynoa, nor
Gnats' relievers Tyler Vanderheiden and Wanel Mesa worked a 1-2-3
inning all night. Mesa tiptoed around four walks in three innings to earn his
first save of 2013.
Gnats and GreenJackets play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up for Thursday
night's postponed game. RHP Marcos Camarena (4-1, 1.75) will take on RHP
Chris Stratton (7-3, 3.66) in game one while RHP Matt Koch (5-4,
5.09) tangles with LHP Matt Lujuan (4-0, 2.89) in game two. Both games
are scheduled for seven innings. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm. Gates to
Historic Grayson Stadium open at 4:30. The radio pregame show on News/Talk 630
and sandgnats.com will begin at 4:45.