Gsellman Strong In Sand Gnats Debut, Savannah Wins 3-2
Savannah 3, Rome 2
The third game of the four game series between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Rome Braves was played Saturday at Grayson Stadium in front of 4,664 fans, which was their largest crowd since 2009. Both teams had 7 hits and Savannah won 3-2.
The Sand Gnats scored 2 runs in the fourth inning. Leading off the inning, Eudy Piña singled and moved to third on a double by Kevin Plawecki. A ground out to first scored Piña. Plawecki scored on a single by Maikis De La Cruz, who is batting .400 so far.
Rome scored their first run in the sixth inning on a walk, single, and a sacrifice fly. Savannah scored their third run in the sixth inning when first baseman Jayce Boyd hit a line drive home run over the left field fence, his third of the year.
In the 8th inning, a double by Blake Brown and a double by Josh Elander scored the Braves second run. Elander was 3-for-4.
Boyd was 2-for-4 for the Sand Gnats and is now batting .374.
Making his debut for Savannah, starter Robert Gsellman pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed one run, gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out two. Relievers Julian Hilario, Hunter Carnevale, and Bret Mitchell combined for 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits.
Mitchell earned his 6th save.
The final game of the four game series will be played Sunday at 2:05pm at Grayson Stadium.
Eudy Pina: 1-for-4, 1 R
Jayce Boyd: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Kevin Plawecki: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 R
Cole Frenzel: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Robert Gsellman: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 2 K
Julian Hilario: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K
Hunter Carnevale: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Bret Mitchell: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
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