Savannah 9, Lexington 2
Game one of the three game series between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Lexington Legends was played in front of 836 fans Tuesday evening at Grayson Stadium. Savannah had a big second inning scoring six runs, and carried that momentum to win the game 9-2.
Lexington scored their two runs in the first. Left fielder Ethan Chapman led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error by center fielder Brandon Nimmo, eventually scoring on a triple by shortstop Raul Mondesi. A ground out then followed to score Mondesi.
In the second inning, Savannah took advantage of three walks and smacked five hits to score six runs and break the game open. A single by Brandon Nimmo in the sixth drove in a run to give Savannah a 7-2 lead. The Sand Gnats mounted another rally in the seventh inning, and scored two runs. Stefan Sabol hit a home run over the left field fence, his fifth round-tripper of the year. Second baseman Yucary De La Cruz singled, driving in right fielder Eudy Piña to make the score 9-2.
Savannah starter, Logan Taylor, pitched 3.2 innings and allowed tw0 runs, tw0 hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. Relievers Marcos Camarena (won, 2-0), Julian Hilario, Paul Sewald, and Hunter Carnevale combined to shutout Lexington the rest of the game, allowing only three hits and striking out five.
Sand Gnats players with multiple hits include: De La Cruz (3-for-4, one RBI, two runs scored), Jeff Reynolds (2-for-4 two RBIs, one run scored), Piña (2-for-3, two runs score), and Nimmo (2-for-3, two walks, two RBIs).
Game two of the series will be played Wednesday at 7:05 pm at Grayson Stadium.
Brandon Nimmo: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Kevin Plawecki: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R
Stefan Sabol: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 R
Jeff Reynolds: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R
Yucary De La Cruz: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R
Logan Taylor: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 5 K
Marcos Camarena: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER
Julian Hilario: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
Paul Sewald: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Hunter Carnevale: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K