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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Eudor a Spark for Savannah's Offense

Savannah Sand Gnats @ Greenville Drive

May 6, 2015

Corey Oswalt @ Jeffry Frenandez




W: Oswalt (3-0, 4.76 ERA); L: Fernandez (0-4, 4.91 ERA); S: Baldonado (1, 1.88 ERA)

The Highlights:


Corey Oswalt – 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 7 SO, HBP, 93 Pitches (60 Strikes), 10 GO: 1 FO
Alberto Baldonado – 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 SO, 3 GO: 2 FO


Luis Guillorme – 2-5, R, RBI (10), SO, GIDP
John Mora – 1-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI (14), HBP
Jean Rodriguez – 1-4, R, BB, SB (2), SO
Stefan Sabol – 1-4, 2B (7), BB, 2 SO
Wuilmer Becerra – 1-5, R, RBI (13)
Tomas Nido – 1-5, R, HR (2), 2 RBI (6), SO, GIDP
Jon Leroux – 2-4, R, 2B (3), BB, SO
Eudor Garcia – 3-5, R, 2B (1), SO
Vicente Lupo – 1-3, R, 2B (3), RBI (5), SO


            The Sand Gnats made a big announcement regarding their lineup Wednesday afternoon, as Eudor Garcia was promoted to replace struggling Pedro Perez, and he provided an immediate boost to the offense. Perez is still just 20, and did have five extra base hits in his 20 games with Savannah (4 doubles, 1 homerun), but it’s unclear where he’ll be spending the rest of 2015. Garcia had a great day at the plate coming out of extended spring training, picking up a hit in each of his final three trips to the plate, and nearly hitting his first professional homerun. The Greenville lineup is full of talented and toolsy players, like Rafael Devers, who is an 18 year old with 55/60 power (per fangraphs). But that didn’t matter to Corey Oswalt, who got a strikeout or groundball from 18 of 26 batters faced (69%), retiring 17 of those batters. Oswalt didn’t make many mistakes on the night, generally hitting Nido’s glove with great accuracy, but these talented Drive hitters punished a few of the ones he did make, finishing with 5 extra base hits (4 doubles, 1 homerun). Alberto Baldonado came in for the final three innings of the game, which earned him the save – I wonder if he’ll get a start or two soon. He had one 3-walk appearance that still skews his SSS of results, but he's been very effective out of the pen so far, with a 36.5 K%.
            This series continues Thursday night at 7:05 PM, with Brad Wieck scheduled to start for Savannah, who is looking to win 3 in a row.

Scoring Highlights

            Luis Guillorme led off the 3rd with a single lined into LF, and then came home on a homerun from John Mora, his second of the year.

Camera's did not show Mora's swing, but that is where it ended up

            After Eudor Garcia reached on a two-out fielding error by the left fielder, he came home to score for the first time in 2015 on Vicente Lupo’s third double of the year. Luis Guillorme brought Lupo home with his second single of the game.

            Garcia hit a single that moved Jon Leroux (walk) to 2B, but the Sand Gnats couldn’t advance them further.

            Stefan Sabol hit a one-out double in the 7th, and then went to 3B on a single from Wuilmer Becerra, but Tomas Nido hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Hit it way too hard for Lupo to score

            Leroux and Garcia hit back-to-back doubles leading off the 8th.

            J.C. Rodriguez led off the 9th with an infield single, moved to 2B on a pickoff attempt throwing error, to 3B on a groundout from Sabol, and scored when Becerra reached on a fielder’s choice. Nido brought home Becerra with his second blast of the year. Garcia would cap his great debut with a single lined into CF.


Luis Guillorme!

Oswalt Coverage

1st inning – 7 Pitches (5 Strikes), 3 GO

2nd inning – H, 2 SO, 17 Pitches (12 Strikes), GB, CS, 1 LOBster

3rd inning – 2 SO, 13 Pitches (8 Strikes), 1 GO

4th inning – 2 R, 3 H, 2 2B, 3B, BB, SO, 27 Pitches (18 Strikes), 2 LOBsters

            Leadoff double was lined just fair down the RF line. Dubon would come home to score on a broken-bat slow grounder to Guillorme. Devers nearly hooked a blast down the RF line, but it went foul, and then he’d pull a grounder down the line and fly around the bases until he reached 3B. Chavis crushed his RBI double to CF, which is one of the toughest HR spots in pro baseball – tall wall and some awkward angles, reaching 420 feet at its deepest. He’d get a mound visit after the double, but lost the next batter to a walk on 3-2.

5th inning – HBP, 12 Pitches (6 strikes), 2 GO: 1 FO, 1 LOBster

6th inning – R, 2 H, 2 2B, 2 SO, 17 Pitches (11 Strikes), 1 GO, 1 LOBster

            Devers is just really impressive, showing easy power hitting one to the LF warning track with one out in the 6th.

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