Sean Ratliff extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 3-for-4 performance that included two home runs and six RBI as he led the Gnats to a, 11-7, victory over Greensboro Tuesday night. It is the first six RBI game a Sand Gnat this season.
Ratliff’s first home run tied the game at four in the third when he hit a three-run homer to right field with two out. With the Gnats trailing once more in the fifth, the South Atlantic League All-Star capped the inning with his second home run of the game, a two-run shot to right-center that gave Savannah the lead for good at, 7-6.
It’s the first multi-homer game for Ratliff this season. He now has 12 home runs and 60 RBI in 2009, which both lead the team. During his 14-game hitting streak, the 22-year-old is hitting 19-for-51 (.373) with 16 RBIs.
Not to be outdone was Joey August, who continued his hot hitting from last night with a four-hit performance Tuesday evening. August is 6-for-7 with a home run and five singles in the past two games.
All-Star Robert Carson started the game for the Gnats but did not finish the fourth after allowing a leadoff home run to Kevin Mattison. Carson, who hadn’t pitched in over 10 days, allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks but did come away with a no decision. Manny Olivares (2-3) worked three innings and notched the win in relief. Jake Goldberg pitched the final three innings for his first save of the season.
Fellow All-Star Josh Satin also had a good night, going 1-for-3 with an RBI, two walks and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .500 (15-for-30) during his current run.