Savannah, GA – With a 4-2 win over the Greenville Drive on Thursday night at Historic Grayson Stadium, the Savannah Sand Gnats evened their record at .500 for the first time in the 2015 season. After starting 8-16 in their first 24 games, the Gnats have gone 19-11 in their last 30 and 14-5 in their last 19 contests to get back to even.
The Gnats (27-27) scored the game's first three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Right fielder Wuilmer Becerra began the rally with a hard double. After a 3B Eudor Garcia single, first baseman Jon Leroux singled to right to bring home Becerra. Vicente Lupo lined a single to right-center to plate Garcia with the second run. Leroux scored the third run of the inning on a CF Patrick Biondi's bunt single on the right side of the infield.
Greenville (31-23) answered back with two runs, one of which was unearned in the top of the fifth inning.
With the win, the Gnats moved four games behind the Drive for first place with 16 games to play in the first half.
Savannah reliever Ricky Knapp picked up starter Matires Arias with five innings of relief to earn his first win of 2015. Knapp struck out five and allowed just one unearned run to lower his ERA with Savannah to 1.35.
The Gnats added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to complete the game's scoring. With two outs, Biondi doubled down the right field line and then scored on shortstop Luis Guillorme's clean single into right.
The Sand Gnats and Greenville will continue their four-game series tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Savannah will start RHP Scarlyn Reyes (4-4, 3.32) in game two, while the Drive will send LHP Jalen Beeks (5-1, 3.31) to the mound. It will be another St. Joseph's/Candler Facebook Flashback Friday at Historic Grayson Stadium. Fans can visit St. Joseph's/Candler's Facebook page for a special offer for Friday Night's game. Gates will open at 6 PM.
(From Sand Gnat Reports)