Miami Marlins left-handed prospect Andrew Heaney is scheduled to make his 2013 debut tonight, a sigh of relief for Miami Marlins fans.
Heaney, drafted 12th overall in 2012 out of Oklahoma State, is returning from a lat strain suffered in spring training. He was assigned to Advanced-A Jupiter and will start against Daytona at 6:35 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 - Sand Gnats 12, GreenJackets 10
A back-and-forth game basically ended in the seventh inning when Savannah center fielder Eudy Pina cleared the bases on a double for three runs, giving the Sand Gnats a six-run lead at the time.
Pina drilled a 1-2 fastball, waist high, to deep center over Jesus Galindo's head. Manager Mike Goff said there was no excuse for the pitch from Brandon Farley. But it seemed to be a trend from GreenJackets pitchers in the game.
Sunday, May 19 - 2:05 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (23-17)
RHP Luis Cessa (34.1 IP, 3.93 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 20 K%, 4 BB%, .306 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (24-17)
RHP Martin Agosta (37.1 IP, 2.17 ERA, 2.40 FIP, 34.2 K%, 9.9 BB%, .317 BABIP)
Cessa has been a steady starter for the Sand Gnats so far this season, allowing no more than five earned in any outing, while totaling five walks in 34.1 innings. His most recent start was one of his shakier ones, walking four in six innings, but he minimized the damage with just three runs.
Saturday, May 18 - Sand Gnats 3, GreenJackets 1
The pregame blog post was focused on the starters, but Savannah catcher Kevin Plawecki changed the focus in a hurry.
Plawecki went 2 for 2 with one RBI and was hit twice, reaching base four times. He drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Saturday, May 18 - 7:05 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (22-17)
RHP Matthew Koch (23.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 3.16 FIP, 19.8 K%, 0 BB%, .346 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (24-16)
LHP Matthew Lujan (First appearance of 2013)
Friday, May 17 - GreenJackets 11, Sand Gnats 0
I was prepared to write another pitching duel gamer until Mitch Delfino appeared.
Delfino popped an inside fastball over the ad boards in left field for a grand slam, sparking a six-run fifth inning. The GreenJackets rolled to 11 runs in the rout.
Friday, May 17 - 7:05 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (22-16)
RHP Robert Gsellman (14.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 7 K)
Augusta GreenJackets (23-16)
RHP Joe Biagini (18.2 IP, 6.27 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 23.6 K%, 12.4 BB%, .357 BABIP)
Gsellman made two starts for Advanced-A St. Lucie, allowing three runs in nine innings. His most recent outing was his first at Savannah, allowing one run in 4.1 innings against Rome.
Thursday, May 16 - Sand Gnats 6, GreenJackets 0
From my gamer: Savannah entered on a four-game losing streak, but the Sand Gnats exploded for more runs in one inning than they had in the previous two games combined.
Augusta entered on a four-game winning streak, having totaled 32 runs over the past four games. The GreenJackets were held to four hits while failing to score.
Wednesday, May 15 - GreenJackets 5, Braves 4
If you judge a pitcher's performance by swinging strikes, strikeouts and how he commands his stuff, the matchup between Chris Stratton and Mauricio Cabrera lived up to the billing. Neither line was outstanding, but both impressed with excellent stuff.
Stratton allowed four runs on 10 hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out five. He recorded 11 swinging strikes and 11 ground balls, both among his best this season.
Wednesday, May 15 - 7:05 p.m.
Rome Braves (20-16)
RHP Mauricio Cabrera (36.2 IP, 3.19 ERA, 4.95 FIP, 13.5 K%, 17.3 BB%, .214 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (22-15)
RHP Chris Stratton (35.2 IP, 3.03 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 29.6 K%, 8.5 BB%, .262 BABIP)
The series finale between these two teams features one of the best pitching matchups of the season for not only Rome and Augusta, but for the South Atlantic League.