SAVANNAH, GA – The Savannah Sand Gnats (2-4/44-32) cruised by the Greenville Drive (5-1/41-35) with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC.
Savannah began the game's scoring with a two-run second inning. CF Pedro Zapata drove home 1B Travis Ozga and 2B Alonzo Harris with a single up the middle to put the Gnats in front 2-0.
Harris made it 5-0 Savannah with one swing in the top of the sixth. After singles from RF Cesar Puello and DH Nick Santomauro, Harris drilled his fourth home run of the year over the left field wall. A couple of Drive errors, a walk and a Puello RBI groundout in the 7th made it 6-0 Savannah.
RHP John Church, making his first start of the year for the Gnats, held Greenville scoreless on one hit through his four innings of work. He struck out three and walked one. Hard-throwing RHP Luis Rojas followed Church with three innings of scoreless relief of his own to earn the win, his first for Savannah. The Drive scored their only run against Gnats' reliever Gabriel Zavala in the bottom of the eighth.
The Gnats and Drive play game two of their five-game series Wednesday night in Greenville with first pitch scheduled for 7 pm.