A back-and-forth offensive battle was busted open by a five-run seventh inning for the Savannah Sand Gnats, leading to a series win Sunday.
A three-run double by center fielder Eudy Pina highlighted the seventh-inning onslaught, resulting in a 12-10 win for the Sand Gnats at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Savannah (24-17) took three of four from Augusta in the series.
“We swung the bats extremely well,” manager Mike Goff said. “In the middle of the game, we started taking too many fastballs for strikes, but I was pleased with how we swung the bat, how we battled back. We just couldn’t hold them down.”
Sand Gnats catcher Nelfi Zapata went 2 for 3 with a home run and five RBI. Third baseman Jeff Reynolds went 4 for 4 with two RBI.
Pina added three RBI, while Stefan Sabol and Cole Frenzel had two hits each.
For Augusta (24-18), Mitch Delfino went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI. Charles Jones went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI. Andrew Cain added two hits, including a home run and two RBI. Jesus Galindo had three hits, including a double and RBI.
With the GreenJackets ahead by two in the fifth, Zapata singled home two to tie the game at 6. The Sand Gnats took the lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Reynolds. After a walk brought home a run, Pina broke it open with three runs on a double to deep center. An error brought home a run in the eighth.
The GreenJackets cut the lead to two with four runs between the seventh and eighth. They left the bases loaded to end the game in the ninth.
GreenJackets starter Martin Agosta struggled putting hitters away, allowing four runs in 3⅓ innings, issuing five walks and striking out five. Agosta has failed to get out of the fourth inning in two starts against the Sand Gnats.
“The command hasn’t been there,” Agosta said. “I get 0-2 and I can’t put them away right now. Then I eventually get to 3-2 and walk the guy, and that shouldn’t happen.”
GreenJackets pitching coach Steve Kline was ejected in the eighth for arguing an illegal pitch call by umpire Ben Levin, who awarded a base to a batter because Augusta reliever Steven Okert left the rubber before releasing a pitch.