Savannah, GA - Cole Frenzel drove home Kevin Plawecki with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a Gnats' 3-2 comeback victory Sunday afternoon. The victory was Savannah's sixth straight and pulled the Gnats (15-8) into a tie for first place with the Augusta GreenJackets, who lost to the Lexington Legends.
In a 2-2 game in the ninth, Plawecki was hit by a pitch to start the winning rally. The following batter, C Jeff Glenn chopped a ball to third. His bat broke on the swing, and the barrel followed the ball's path toward West Virginia 3B Eric Wood. The bat hit Wood, who could not make the play to put runners at first and second. Frenzel followed with a line drive single to leftfield that scored Plawecki from second with the winning run.
It was the Gnats' first win in their final turn at bat in 2013.
Frenzel, who had a hand in every Gnats' run finished 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored.
The Gnats evened the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Frenzel and LF Stefan Sabol singled to start the threat. Frenzel eventually scored the tying run on a fielder's choice when 2B Jeff Reynolds chopped a ball high off home plate.
The Power (9-15) scored twice against Savannah starter Matt Koch in the first inning. An error and three straight singles led to two runs, only one of which was earned. Koch threw 3.2 innings for the Gnats, allowing only those two runs, one earned on four hits with no walks and a strikeout.
The Savannah bullpen of Tim Peterson, Jake Kuebler and Tyler Vanderheiden combined on 5.1 scoreless winning with five strikeouts. Vanderheider earned the win, his first of 2013 for keeping the Power off the scoreboard in the top of the 9th.
The Gnats look for their second-straight sweep and a seventh-straight Monday night when RHP Luis Cessa (2-0, 1.02) takes the mound against RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 2.40). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium open at 6 pm. The radio pregame show on News/Talk 630 and online at sandgnats.com begins at 6:45.
Dollar Monday presented by Kroger, the Savannah Morning News and E93
General Admission tickets are just $1 when fans present a Kroger Plus Card or with the coupon available in the Savannah Morning News or online at savannahnow.com and e93fm.com. Once inside, hot dogs, chips, small sodas, and small Natty Lights are only $1 each.