Savannah, GA - Cam Maron hit a three-run first inning homer to power the Gnats past the Rome Braves 6-2 Friday night at Historic Grayson Stadium to snap Savannah's six-game losing streak. Savannah never trailed in a game that was delayed 40 minutes at the start by a rain showers.
The Gnats (25-34/66-60) took a 3-0 lead three batters into the bottom of the first inning on Maron's three-run homerun, his fifth of the year, to right field.
The Braves (37-21/55-73) got a run back in the top of the second inning on an RBI triple by RF Will Skinner to pull within two runs at 3-1.
The Gnats extended their lead to 5-1 with a two-run bottom of the second aided by two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Maron drove in his fourth run of the game with a bases loaded walk.
The Braves picked up a run back in the third inning when Gnats' starter Jimmy Fuller hit his second batter of the inning, to force in a run. Fuller lasted three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Fuller gave way to Carlos Vazquez, who threw four scoreless innings for the win.
The Gnats and Braves play a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 Saturday to make up for Thursday's rainout. Savannah will send RHP Yohan Almonte (0-1, 16.20) to the mound in game one against RHP Greg Ross (6-8, 4.58). Game two will feature LHP Alex Panteliodis (4-7, 3.56) against RHP Navery Moore (7-3, 3.90). Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium will open at 4 pm. The radio broadcast, presented by Subway, begins at 4:45.
KIX96 presents the final post-game fireworks show of 2012 after Saturday's games.
ABOUT THE SAVANNAH SAND GNATS
The Savannah Sand Gnats, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets, is a professional minor league baseball team and a member of the South Atlantic League. Savannah plays its home games at Historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah, GA, just minutes from downtown Savannah. Historic Grayson Stadium is situated within Savannah's Daffin Park, creating a unique atmosphere and a "Park within a Park" setting. The Sand Gnats are a part of the Savannah baseball tradition dating back to 1904.