Sand Gnats Get Squashed In 14-1 Loss

By Former Writers

August 28, 2013 No comments


Rome 14, Savannah 1

Every starter in the Rome Braves’ lineup had at least one hit and top pitching prospect Lucas Sims went five innings to notch his 11th win in a 14-1 rout of the Savannah Sand Gnats on Tuesday night.

It was the largest margin of defeat for the Gnats this season, topping the 11-run deficit to Augusta in an 11-0 loss on May 17.

Savannah (72-58) has lost six of its last seven games and 12 of its last 16.

Rome, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, blew the game open with five runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the seventh.

Sims, Atlanta’s first-round draft pick in the 2012 First Year Player’s Draft, struck out six and allowed only four hits while raising his record to 11-4.

Rome relievers Zach Jadofsky and Matt Caffee combined for four scoreless innings and eight strikeouts.

One of the many Braves’ hitting stars was Jose Peraza, who had just one hit but drove in four runs. The 19-year-old shortstop from Barinas, Venezuela is Atlanta’s No. 20 prospect, according to

Chase Anselment and Joey Meneses each drove in three runs.

Anselment’s three-run double was the big hit in the fifth inning off Savannah starter Marcos Camarena, who allowed eight earned runs in four innings.

The Gnats managed just five hits. Maikis De La Cruz drove in Savannah’s lone run in the third inning.

Key Stats

Eudy Pina: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 R

Brandon Nimmo: 1-for-4, 2 SB

Maikis De La Cruz: 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Marcos Camarena: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 8 ER, 4 K

Wanel Mesa: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 ER, 1 K

Hunter Carnevale: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 ER

(Team Report)