Savannah 9, Hickory 2
Lara started the game for the Sand Gnats with the organizational ERA lead – and spoiler alert, he kept that title by the end of the game. He allowed merely an unearned run over seven spectacular innings, where he allowed just four hits and struck out six. Eudy Pina botched a play to allow a runner to reach via error in the bottom of the fifth, and Lara gave up an RBI single right after that. Lara has been on top of his game all season and his ERA now stands at a microscopic 1.45.
Savannah had only given him a single run of run support through the first seven innings, however, and it came on a wild pitch. In the top of the eighth, right after Lara’s last frame, the Sand Gnats rallied behind him for four runs, led by a two-run single by Chad Zurcher. A throwing error by Hickory’s Luis Marte allowed two more runs to cross the plate.
Then came the top of the ninth, and Kevin Plawecki, being the gracious man that he is, was worried that the game was a little too close for comfort at 5-1. So he proceeded to blast a pitch for a grand slam and all but lock up Rainy Lara‘s fourth win of the year. Hunter Carnevale handled the last two innings for the Gnats.
Eudy Pina: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB
Chad Zurcher: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R
Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R
Stefan Sabol: 0-for-1, 2 R, 3 BB
Phillip Evans: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Rainy Lara: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 K
Hunter Carnevale: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 ER, 3 K