Savannah Sand Gnats score late to beat Augusta GreenJackets in rain-shortened game

Savannah 6, Augusta 4

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Despite a four-run inning, the Augusta GreenJackets were unable to hold an advantage because of hard-hit balls and shaky defense Sunday.

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Augusta baserunner Rando Moreno dives back to second base as Savannah shortstop Yeixon Ruiz awaits the throw on a pickoff attempt. The game was called in the seventh inning Sunday because of rain at Lake Olmstead Stadium.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Augusta baserunner Rando Moreno dives back to second base as Savannah shortstop Yeixon Ruiz awaits the throw on a pickoff attempt. The game was called in the seventh inning Sunday because of rain at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Savannah Sand Gnats scored three late runs to beat the GreenJackets 6-4 in a rain-shortened game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The game was completed early because of rain, ending in the bottom of the seventh. The GreenJackets had the potential tying run at the plate. Augusta manager Mike Goff was ejected for arguing the initial rain delay decision.

The two teams combined for 20 hits and four errors as the game took 2 hours, 35 minutes to reach one out in the bottom of the seventh.

“Hitters can really make a statement now, because arms are getting a little tired,” GreenJackets third baseman Will Callaway said. “We have to be conscience of that as a team.”

The Sand Gnats won three games over the GreenJackets to win the four-game set.

Savannah (75-41) scored three runs from the first to the third inning. One run came on an error, Nelfi Zapata doubled home one and Jorge Rivero singled home one.

Augusta (56-62) scored four in the third to take a 4-3 lead. An error scored one, Jeremy Sy drove in one on a sacrifice fly, and Craig Massoni and Callaway each drove in one on hits.

The Sand Gnats reclaimed the lead in the sixth on a Stefan Sabol RBI triple and Yeixon Ruiz RBI single. They added an insurance run in the seventh on a Rivero RBI double.

Ruiz went 4 for 4 with an RBI and stolen base. Rivero went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and walk.

Callaway went 2 for 3 with one RBI, and Randy Ortiz added two singles.

“The swing is feeling good,” Callaway said. “I just have to keep it going and piece together quality at-bats.”

Sand Gnats left-hander Alex Panteliodis gave up one earned and four total runs in 5⅓ innings in a spot start. He allowed hard-hit balls but also worked effectively with fly balls.

GreenJackets left-hander Steven Messner allowed four earned run and five total runs in five innings.

Savannah 6, Augusta 4

STAR OF THE GAME: Savannah shortstop Yeixon Ruiz went 4 for 4 with an RBI and stolen base.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Sand Gnats left fielder Stefan Sabol tripled home the tying run in the sixth, which set up the go-ahead run three batters later.

NEXT: Augusta at West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. today


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