Savannah, GA - The Greenville Drive snapped the Savannah Sand Gnats' five game winning streak with a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Gnats and Drive finish the 2013 regular season with a noon start on Labor Day Monday.
The Drive (28-40/50-87) scored their only two runs in the third for a 2-0 lead. With a runner at first and one out, Savannah starter Seth Lugo briefly lost home plate, issuing three straight walks to force home the first run. Mario Martinez then lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to put Greenville in front 2-0. Lugo did not allow another runner, retiring the final 11 batters he faced to finish six innings. He struck out eight and walked three while allowing two runs on two hits.
The Gnats (34-34/77-60) got a run back in the sixth inning. CF Brandon Nimmo singled into centerfield to start the inning. After he stole second base and went to third on a throwing error, Nimmo scored on 1B Cole Frenzel's linedrive single into center to bring the Gnats within one.
Nimmo finished 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. Frenzel was 3-for-4 with a double.
Savannah's ninth inning rally came up short as the Gnats left the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first.
Savannah will hand the ball to RHP Marcos Camarena (5-3, 3.42) against RHP Sergio Gomez (0-3, 3.80) in the season finale Labor Day Monday at noon. Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium open at 11 am Monday. The radio pregame show on News/Talk 630 and WBMQ begins at 11:45.
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.
The Gnats begin the playoffs on Wednesday, September 4, at the home of the Augusta GreenJackets, the Second Half Southern Division Champion. The series returns to Savannah for game two, and if necessary, game three, Friday, September 6 and Saturday September 7.