Scott Moviel started, and gave up seven hits, two walks and three runs in five innings while striking out just one and throwing a pair of wild pitches. The bullpen combination of John Church, Darin Gorski and Nick Carr finished with four scoreless frames.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats 6, @ Hickory Crawdads 1 The Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak by getting hits from eight out of nine starters. C Albert Cordero led the way, going 3-4 with a home run, his first of the year. They were Cordero's first three hits of the year. Cordero also threw out two of the three runners who tried to steal a base against him. I loved Cordero's defense when I saw him briefly in both Kingsport and Savannah last year. I think he'll hit enough too. He and Blake Forsythe have been catching every other night for the Gnats and neither has DH'ed yet, with the DH spot used to spread AB around to the extra infielders and Alonzo Harris.
Cory Vaughn played center field, as he's done in every game in Darrell Ceciliani's absence and was 3-5 at the plate.
1B Sam Honeck was 2-4. He'll be 24 in June, but right now, his .480 batting average puts him second in the SAL behind Kipp Shutz of Delmarva.
On the hill, it was piggyback time. You might recall that Ryan Fraser started the second game of the Gnats season and Taylor Whitenton finished the game. The roles were reversed tonight, Whitenton started and Fraser relieved. I love the piggy-back system at the A-ball level when an organization has a number of arms it wants to see in game action. Higher priority guys don't flip back and forth, but for everyone else, it's a fairly democratic way to earn more mound time.