The line from Kyle Allen's first start of the year was ugly: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. It will be interesting to see what kind of adjustment period the 19-year old will need after jumping to the SAL straight from the GCL. On the other hand, Eric Beaulac was superb out of the Gnats' 'pen. He dealt four shutout innings yielding just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
With the bats, two Gnats had multiple hits, although Jefry Marte's triple was Savannah's only extra-base hit of the night. 2B Jordany Valdespin was 2-5 and scored twice.
SS Wilmer Flores was 2-5 and scored a run. Flores is 7-for-22 with a double in his first five games in the SAL for a .318/.304/.364 line. He has not drawn a walk, and has just two strikeouts, both on opening night. Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend about Hanley Ramirez whose numbers in the minors did not immediately scream "superstar." However, one area where Ramirez consistently excelled was in very low strikeout rates. He was making lots of contact and then as he matured, he started hitting for more power. Flores is on the same path to some degree having fanned just 37 times in 68 games last year. We will watch his strikeout rate closely this year.