Darrell Ceciliani was 2-4 and drove a two-run double into the right field corner in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Gnats ahead in a three-run eighth inning comeback. He's hit safely in nine of his last ten and is up to .350/.422/.500 in his last 10 games.
Robbie Shields (.281/.357/.433) was 1-3 with a line drive double to left, and a sac fly driven to right. Consider the Gnats leaders in extra-base hits:
Shields (age 23): 25
Aderlin Rodriguez (age 19): 21
Cory Vaughn (age 22): 19
The Gnats now lead the Greenville Drive by 4.5 games with eight games left in the first half. Savannah hosts 6th-place Rome for four games this week, while Greenville is in 7th place Charleston, before the Gnats finish the first half with four games in Greenville Thursday-Sunday. The Gnats have a magic number of four so there is a distinct possibility that the team will wrap up its second-straight first half title at home.
Jefry Marte (.376/.349/.399) led eight of the nine Mets with hits in this one, going 3-4 with a double and a walk. However, Marte did commit his 13th error of the year, which helped lead to an unearned run in the top of the fifth off Jack Egbert. Wilmer Flores (.260/.304/.362) was 2-3 with a pair of walks.
Manager Pedro Lopez went into playoff mode and put three of his best four OPS - Pedro Zapata (.764), Matt den Dekker (.860) and Juan Lagares (.834) in the top three lineup spots. Lagares (.324/.366/.468) was 2-5 with an RBI.
St. Lucie at 32-30 leads Fort Myers with five games to play before the All-Star break, but eight to play before the true half-way point in the season.