Savannah 6, Kannapolis 3
The Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-3 Wednesday to pull into a three-way tie for first place with the Asheville Tourists and Augusta GreenJackets. Savannah (16-9) has won seven of the eight games on the team’s current home stand.
Savannah extended the advantage to 5-3 with a single run in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, SS Phillip Evans rolled a single through the right side to plate RF Gregory Pron. Pina’s infield single in the seventh brought home the Gnats’ sixth and final run.
Savannah catcher Kevin Plawecki was 3-for-5 with three doubles to lift his season line to .402/.462/.696 with a league-leading 15 doubles in 24 games.
The Intimidators (16-9) scored two runs in the top of the first inning against Savannah starter Matthew Bowman.
The Gnats evened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first, keyed by a Plawecki RBI double and then took a 3-2 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly to left by 2B Chad Zurcher.
The Intimidators tied the game at 3-3 in the third on an RBI single by Ruben Sierra Jr.
Bowman found his groove late, retiring 15 of the final 16 batters to face him after a leadoff single in the fourth inning. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter while becoming the first Gnats’ pitcher in 2013 to finish eight innings.
Eudy Pina: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-5, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R
Phillip Evans: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R’
Gregory Pron: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 HBP, 1 SB
Matthew Bowman: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 ER, 8 K
Bret Mitchell: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K