Posted by Wally Murphy at 9:35 AM
The Savannah Sand Gnats opened a three game series with the Rome Braves Friday night.The Gnat relievers were not able to stop the Braves, who won 5-2. The Gnats had 10 hits and left 12 men on base.
Starting Gnat pitcher, Eric Beaulic, entered the game leading the Gnat pitchers with the most strikeouts (113) and completed 6 innings and added 11 more strikeouts to his total. He gave up 8 hits,1BB, and 2 runs(earned). Beaulic was effective when he threw his curve ball around the knees. The 11 strikeouts was a career-high for Beaulac.
The Gnats scored their two runs in the 3rd inning. Evan LeBlanc was hit by a pitch leading off the inning. After two fly outs to left, Sean Ratliff singled moving LeBlanc to third. Eric Campbell walked to load the bases. Raul Reyes singled to score LeBlanc and Ratliff.
Wilmer Flores went 2for 4. Nick Giarraputo continued his hot hitting going 2for4 and raising his average to.415-he has had at least one hit in every game he has played(10). Michael Moras caught his 3rd game and was 2for3 raising his average to.545.
With the score tied at 2 all, Phillips Orta took the mound in the 7th inning to replace Beaulac.
Orta pitched 1.1 innings, walked 3, allowed 2 runs and took the loss(1-3). John Church followed Orta giving up 1 run on two hits, two wild pitches, in 1.2 innings.
The picture of Eric Beaulac was taken at a recent golf tournament.