Matt Koch Nearly Perfect, Retires 18 Straight, Savannah Completes Doubleheader Sweep

An article by posted on July 28, 2013

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The Gnats’ bats delivering a thrilling comeback in game one of a doubleheader and Matt Koch was one pitch away from perfection in game two, as the Savannah Sand Gnats swept a doubleheader from the Augusta GreenJackets by scores of 3-2 and 3-1.

In the first game, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and down 2-1, Brandon Nimmo and Stefan Sabol each drew walks to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Then with two outs, Eudy Pina singled into left field to drive home Nimmo with the tying run. Cole Frenzel followed with another single into left to chase home Sabol with the winning run. Starter Marcos Camarena gave the Gnats a complete game effort, allowing two runs on seven hits for his fifth win of the season.

In game two, Matt Koch retired the first 18 batters in a row and was three outs away from a perfect game heading to the seventh and final inning. Leading off the seventh, GreenJackets leadoff man Rashawn Payne worked the count full before tripling up the left-center field gap, beyond the reach of Savannah left fielder Stefan Sabol to snap Koch’s bid for a perfect game.

Here are the stand-outs:

Cole Frenzel: 4-for-7, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Eudy Pina: 2-4, 2B, RBI.

Marcos Camarena: 7.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Matthew Koch: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K

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