SAVANNAH, GA – Ryan Fraser and two Sand Gnats' relievers shut out the Rome Braves 1-0 Tuesday night at Historic Grayson Stadium to help the Sand Gnats to their 11th straight win. Savannah's 11-game winning streak matches the 2000 team, which won 11 games in a row, for the longest by the franchise since the 1993 season. The Gnats (12-1/51-31) also improved to 20 games over .500 for the first time in 2011.
The Gnats scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With C Albert Cordero at second, 1B Sam Honeck ripped a single through the right side, scoring Cordero. Honeck finished 2-for-3 with a double. He is now hitting .371 (13-for-35) in his last ten games.
Savannah starter Ryan Fraser struck out a personal season-high seven batters while shutting out the Braves through seven innings to improve to 6-5. He yielded just two hits, both singles, and walked four.
Rome (2-11/27-56) had their best scoring chance in the eighth inning against reliever Gabriel Zavala. After a single and a bunt, 3B Matt Weaver stood at second with the tying run, with two outs. 2B Tommy La Stella singled sharply into right field where Gnats' RF Rafael Fernandez charged and threw a strike home, beating the runner. Weaver tried to run over Cordero, who simply stepped out of his way and applied the tag to end the inning. Weaver was the third runner that Fernandez has thrown out on the bases in the two games of the series against Rome.
Ronny Morla worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save as a Gnat.
The Gnats will look for their 12th win in a row Wednesday when they send RHP Taylor Whitenton (4-1, 2.79) to the mound in the conclusion of the three-game series against RHP Caleb Brewer (4-6, 4.33) for Rome.