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Late Drive Comeback Prevents Sand Gnats From Double-Header Sweep


Savannah Sand Gnats @ Greenville Drive


September 5, 2015


Game Two



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

R
H
E
Savannah
1
0
2
0
1
0
0

4
7
2
Greenville
1
0
0
2
0
0
2

5
7
3
W: Harris (4-4, 2.72 ERA); L: Palsha (0-1, 5.40 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Gaby Almonte (5.40 ERA) – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, HBP, 83 Pitches (50 Strikes), 4 GO: 4 FO
Luis Mateo (H, 4, 2.31 ERA) – 1 IP, H, 2 SO, 1 GO
Alex Palsha (BS, 1)(L, 0-1, 5.40 ERA) – 0.2 IP, H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 GO: 1 FO

Ben Taylor (3.40 ERA) – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 SO, 69 Pitches (42 Strikes), 2 GO: 2 FO
Mario Alcantara (3.51 ERA) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, R (0 ER), BB, 4 SO, 5 GO, 2 IR – 0 S
Ryan Harris (W, 4-4, 2.72 ERA) – 1 IP, SO, 1 GO

Batters

Luis Guillorme – 2-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB (18)
Eudor Garcia – 2-3, 2 R, BB
Joe Tuschak – 1-4, RBI (10)
Patrick Biondi – 1-4, RBI (29)
Vicente Lupo – 1-3, 2 SO

Yoan Moncada – 1-3, 2 R, BB, 2 SB (48), SO
Rafael Devers – 1-3, 2 RBI (70)
Andrew Benintendi – 2-3, R, BB, SB (3)
Javier Guerra – 2-4, R, 2 RBI (67), SO
Alex McKeon – 1-3, RBI (1), 2 SO

Recap


            The Greenville Drive kept their playoff hopes alive with a win in game two of their double-header with Savannah Saturday night. Since Savannah clinched the division title in both the first and second half, the division wild card spot is chosen by overall record, and Greenville is in a tight race with Asheville for that spot. If I had to choose, I would prefer Greenville make it for any playoff games that might make MiLB.tv, but then I’d have to root for Savannah to lose the next two games, and that’s no fun! Luis Guillorme continued his great day at the plate for Savannah, increasing his hit count to 5 and on base count to 7 for the day during game two. Gaby Almonte was promoted from Brooklyn to make the start in game two, and it was a mixed outing. He showed some nice stuff throughout the start, but control issues limited his outing, and led to him allowing a run in the 1st without allowing a hit. The Sand Gnats jumped ahead 4-3 in the 5th inning, and turned to their pen with a one run lead for the final two frames. Luis Mateo looked sharp working the 6th for Savannah but Alex Palsha couldn’t survive a weird 7th inning: there were two errors, two walks (one intentional), a sac fly to the RF corner’s warning track, and a misplayed grounder that led to a walkoff win for Greenville – the weirdest part about that last play was that Palsha still chose to throw to 1B for the second out before the winning run came home.
            Check out the full scoring details and highlights below. This series continues Sunday night at 7:05 PM, with Casey Delgado (8-3, 2.91 ERA) scheduled to pitch opposite Dedgar Jimenez (9-9, 4.30 ERA) with Greenville’s playoff hopes on the line.


Scoring Highlights


            Luis Guillorme got the Sand Gnats offense going with a one out single to CF in the 1st inning. Eudor Garcia singled him to 2B two batters later, and then Tyler Moore drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Joe Tuschak would follow with an RBI infield single, but unfortunately Savannah could only get one run out of the threat.




            Gaby Almonte allowed a run in his first SAL inning without surrendering a hit: Yoan Moncada was walked to start the frame, stole 2B, advanced to 3B on a fly out to RF, and then scored on a groundout to 2B.

            Luis Guillorme walked and then came around to score on an E4 in the 3rd inning. Eudor Garcia also walked in the frame, and he would come around to score on an RBI infield single from Patrick Biondi.


            Andrew Benintendi led off the 4th by reaching on an infield single to 1B. After he stole 2B, Javier Guerra singled him home to cut the Sand Gnats lead in half. Alex McKeon tied the game two batters with an RBI single to CF.


            Eudor Garcia led off the 5th with a single to CF, advanced to 2B on a wild pitch, to 3B on a groundout, and scored on Moncada’s second error of the game.


            Moncada made up for his two mistakes by starting the 7th with a single to CF. After Moncada stole his second base of the game (he’s now 48-51 for the season!) and went to 3B on a throwing error, Rafael Devers would bring him home with a sac fly to tie the game. Since Chavis (walk) had advanced to 2B on the sac fly, the Sand Gnats decided to intentionally walk Benintendi to increase their double play chances. Unfortunately for Alex Palsha, he’d induce a pair of groundballs, but both were botched by his infielders behind him. Luis Guillorme made an error playing in the field for the first time since 8/26 (he had busted a finger on his throwing hand), and then Tyler Moore let a weak grounder get under his glove with the bases loaded, which allowed the winning run to score (Palsha still picked up the ball and flipped to 1B to record the second out of the inning).






Defensive Highlights


            Luis Guillorme’s first opportunity in the field in more than two weeks must’ve felt good.



Pitcher Coverage


Gaby Almonte


Table 1 – Almonte pitch stats by inning

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Total
Total
16
18
17
19
11
83
Strikes
9
10
10
11
9
50
Swinging*
0
2
1
2
2
7
*8.4% Swinging strike rate


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Luis Mateo



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