John Michael Gant struck out seven Lakewood BlueClaws en route to a 10-1 win for the Savannah Sand Gnats in his debut on the mound.
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SAVANNAHIAN GETS FIRST WIN AS A GNAT
Gant helped lift the Gnats past the BlueClaws 10-1
Savannah, Ga – The Savannah Sand Gnats crushed the Lakewood Blue Claws
10-1 to earn their first win of 2014 Friday Night at Historic Grayson Stadium.
Savannah Native John Michael Gant earned the win in his first home start as a
Sand Gnat for holding the BlueClaws to one run in six innings.
King ripped a pair of two-run triples and shortstop Gavin
Cecchini blasted a three-run homerun in the Gnats' five-run seventh inning
to turn the game into a rout.
Leading 3-1, the
Gnats (1-0) scored five times in the bottom of the seventh inning to crack the
game open. 1B Dominic Smith, began the frame with a clean single to
right field after CF Patrick Biondi followed with a single to left. Cecchini
brought both runners home with a three-run home run over the leftfield wall on
a 2-1 count, his first longball since July 28, 2012 with the Kingsport Mets.
The Gnats were not done. 3B Jeff McNeil doubled to center, his
second of the game. Victor Cruzado walked, in front of Jared
King who tripled to right-center field.
triple of the game gave the Gnats a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. McNeil
doubled and Cruzado singled, and King launched a shot to right-center that
Lakewood centerfielder Carlos Toccicould not reel in after a long
run. King then scored on a sacrifice fly by LJ Mazzilli.
(1-1) broke on top with a single run in the top of the third inning, when Tocci
scored on a wild pitch.
native John Michael Gant got stronger as the game went on. He
allowed the leadoff man to reach base in each of the first three innings, but
none of his final three frames. He finished six innings, allowing one run on
five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The Gnats will
hand the ball to RHP Chris Flexen in game three of the
four-game series opposed by RHP Alejandro Arteaga Saturday.
Fans can enjoy a post-game fireworks show brought to you in part by E-93 and
Nash FM. First pitch is set for 6:05p.m. Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium open
at 5pm. The radio pregame show on News/Talk 630 and online at sandgnats.com begins at 5:45 pm.