The Gnats actually took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when LF Rafael Fernandez (pictured) singled home Robbie Shields, but it didn't last.
The Tourists blasted a pair of home runs against RHP Taylor Whitenton (3-1, 3.74). It was the first time in 2011 that the first-place Gnats had given up 10 runs in a game. Savannah pitching walked 12, and middle infielder Luis Nieves worked the final inning in relief to save the bullpen for Tuesday's 11:05 am matinee.
The 22-year old Fernandez, who was sent down from St. Lucie early this year when he wasn't playing has started to get going, hitting .324/.425/.529 in his last 10 games to move up to the cleanup spot, forcing Aderlin Rodriguez (.207/.259/.383) down in the order. Fernandez (.259/.377/.439 overall) has shown a much, much more disciplined approach this year (22 walks in 37 games) than in 2010 (14 walks in 45 games).
Corey Vaughn was 0-3. I wonder if he's getting a little tired. He's played in every single one of the Gnats' games in 2011 and is hitting .220/.238/.268 in his last 10 games with one walk against 11 strikeouts.
The Gnats are 3.5 games ahead of the Asheville Tourists, Lexington Legends and Greenville Drive for first place with 12 games to play in the first half.