If any of the young Augusta GreenJackets needed a reminder about the give-and- take of professional baseball, it came harshly Friday night in a 10-0 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats.
“This is a wakeup call for them,” Augusta manager Lipso Nava said of his team. “No matter if you win or lose, you’ve got to show up the next day and the next day after that. This is their job now. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.”
Savannah left-handed starter Alex Panteliodis took a no-hitter into the fifth and beat the GreenJackets (5-4) for the second time this season with the help of 14 Savannah hits – six of them for extra bases.
“He had an overall great outing,” Savannah first-year manager Luis Rojas said of his starter. “He was effectively wild, and being on and off, on and off like that can be tough to hit.”
The New York Mets’ ninth-round pick in 2010 threw five shutouts innings and saw his no-hit bid broken up with a Kelby Tomlinson two-out single in the fifth but still picked up his second win against Augusta after winning in Savannah a week ago.
“The one thing I saw was we couldn’t catch up with his fastball,” Nava said. “We kept swinging at some pitches out of the zone, but the kid pitched real well and he located his pitches well, so you have to give him credit for that. We couldn’t make an adjustment tonight.”
Sand Gnats relievers John Leathersich, T.J. Chism and Jared West combined to allow just two hits over the final four innings to hand Augusta its first shutout of the season.
GreenJackets starter Aldaberto Mejia (0-2) failed to match the Savannah arms. The Augusta left-hander gave up five runs on five hits and four walks and did not get out of the third inning for the second consecutive start.
Mejia left the game with one out in the third because of tightness in his elbow.
The GreenJackets managed just four hits and left nine runners on base.