The Augusta GreenJackets and Savannah Sand Gnats entered Thursday night’s game on opposite ends of streaks. It took extra innings to change their fortunes.
Sand Gnats pinch hitter Maikis De La Cruz singled home two in the 11th as part of a six-run inning, leading to a 6-0 win over the GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Savannah (22-16) entered on a four-game losing streak, but the Sand Gnats recorded more runs in one inning than they had in their previous two games combined.
Augusta (23-16) entered on a four-game winning streak, having totaled 32 runs over its past four games.
The GreenJackets were held to four hits.
“It was a tough jam (in the ninth and 11th), with the same situation,” manager Mike Goff said. “The game ends on a jam shot. That’s baseball.”
Savannah right-hander Rainy Lara, who entered with a 1.42 ERA in six starts, continued his dominating streak with eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Lara recorded 15 swinging strikes, the most among starts at Lake Olmstead Stadium this season.
After both teams scrambled for baserunners over the first eight innings, scoring opportunities were available in the ninth. The Sand Gnats loaded the bases with one out, but Cole Frenzel grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The GreenJackets left two on in the bottom half after Shayne Houck doubled with one out and Matt Duffy walked.
Brandon Farley was charged with three runs – including two earned – in the 11th. Steven Okert was tagged with three unearned runs after two errors.
Augusta starter Kendry Flores allowed three hits over 81/3 innings scoreless innings, walking three and striking out seven. Flores used Lake Olmstead’s spacious outfield to induce 10 fly balls with nine swinging strikes.