Savannah, GA - The Savannah Sand Gnats and the Greenville Drive played a game and a half on Monday, and each came away with a victory. The Drive won the first half game, the continuation of Saturday's suspended game, 2-1 with a run in the top of the ninth. Despite being held hitless through five innings, the Gnats took the nine-inning nightcap 7-4.
In game one, Drive (12-11/34-58) RF Aneury Tavarez tripled up the left-centerfield gap with one out in the ninth to drive home DH David Chester with the go-ahead run. Hard-throwing right-hander Francellis Montas held the Gnats (10-12/53-38) scoreless over the final four innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter to earn the win.
In game two, the Gnats overcame a 3-1 deficit with a three-run bottom of the sixth inning. 2B Jorge Rivero picked up the Gnats' first hit of game two, leading off the inning, with a clean single into right-center. After CF Brandon Nimmo reached on an error, RF Maikis De La Cruz singled home Rivero. Nimmo scored on a wild pitch to eaven the game. DH Eudy Pina brought home De La Cruz with the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to leftfield.
The Gnats added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, while the Drive got a run back in their half of the eighth for the final margin.
Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed three runs, two earned in the third inning without a hard-hit ball against him. He finished seven innings, fanning six to earn his fifth win of 2013.
The Gnats are off on Tuesday before beginning a seven-game road trip in West Virginia on Wednesay. Savannah returns to Historic Grayson Stadium for Thirsty Thursday, presented by Budweiser, Connect Savannah and I-95 on July 25.