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Gnats Explode For 13 Runs In Win07/28/2009 1:12 AM ET
By Mike Passanisi / Savannah Sand Gnats
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Sand Gnats ended their three-game slide in emphatic fashion with a, 13-7, win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers Monday night. After a one hour, 30-minute delay, the Gnats defeated the 'Hoppers in a game that finished just minutes before midnight.
It's the first four-homer game for the Gnats since June 30, 2007 when the Gnats hit four versus the Columbus Catfish at Grayson Stadium. Josh Satin started the homer parade in the first with a solo shot to give the Gnats a, 1-0 lead. After Greensboro (9-21, 46-54) took the lead in the second, the Gnats took it right back in the top of the third.
A seven-run fifth broke it open for Savannah as they sent 13 men to the plate. Teammates at Stanford, Joey August and Sean Ratliff each hit two-run home runs in the inning, which tied a season high for the most runs scored in one inning. After 4.5 innings, the Sand Gnats led 11-3.
Greensboro would add runs off starter Chris Schwinden (8-5) late in the game. Schwinden fanned six batters in six innings and allowed six runs (five earned). His eight wins ties him for the team lead with 19-year-old Jeurys Familia.
Raul Reyes added the Gnats fourth home run in the seventh with a solo shot to right field. Ratliff's home run extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which is tied for the longest active streak in the SAL. Satin finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with two RBI to extend his streak to seven games. He's hitting 14-for-27 (518) during the streak.
Savannah had six players record multi-hit games in the win with Satin leading the way with his three hits. The 13 runs are the most for the Gnats since they put up 18 runs on 19 hits in Augusta on April 18.
The Sand Gnats (17-14, 52-49) continue their four-game series with the Grasshoppers at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night. LHP Robert Carson (7-7, 2.53), who was skipped last time through the rotation, will make the start for the Gnats looking for his eighth win.
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