Posted by Wally Murphy at 8:40 AM
The Savannah Sand Gnats had to rally in the second game of the series with the Augusta GreenJackets to win 4-3 in 11 inning.
Starting pitcher for Augusta, Andrew Reichard, pitched 7 innings and gave up 4hits, no runs and struck out seven. Gnats starter, Robert Carson, pitched 5 innings, gave up 1 run(earned), 4 hits, and struck out four. Carson had to pitch out of several jams.
The Gnats threatened in the first when Jefry Marte singled and advanced to second on a ground out. Sean Ratliff singled and Marte raced from second and was taged out on a close play sliding into home. Marte did not return to the field and was replaced at 3rd by Eric Campbell.
In the 9th inning, Sand Gnats sent 9 batters to the plate. One base on balls and 5 singles produced 3 runs to tie the game and extend to extra innings.
Wilmer Flores won the game for the Gnats in the 11 inning when he singled and Josh Satin scored from second to win the game.
Sean Ratliff went 4for 5 -he hit four singles, stole a base and scored a run. Nick Giarraputo continued his hot hitting-he singled in the fifth inning. Catcher Mike Moras played his first game as a Gnat and had two singles. The GreenJackets tested Moras throwing arm by stealing 5 bases-he threw out one runner.
Gnats relievers, Mike Lynn pitched 4 innings gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and John Church pitched two scoreless innings and did not give up a hit. Church got the win(1-2)
Leaving the game , I saw New York Mets General Manager, Omar Minaya, walking down the steps talking to fans and heading for the Savannah Sand Gnats locker room.