Savannah, Ga.- The Augusta GreenJackets used three bases-loaded walks to stroll by the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-1 Friday night in front of 2,438 fans at Historic Grayson Stadium.
In the sixth inning of a 1-1 game, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis left the bases loaded for reliever Dawrin Frias. After striking out the first batter he faced, Frias walked the next three GreenJackets (33-34) to hand Augusta a 4-1 lead.
Augusta RF Tyler Horan's long homerun off Paul Paez to the deep part of the ballpark in right-center field gave the 'Jackets a 5-1 lead in the seventh.
The Gnats (44-21) scored their only run in the fourth inning. DH Jonathan Leroux, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, drilled a solo homerun to right to even the game at 1-1.
Panteliodis was making his first start for Savannah since August 31, 2012. He pitched for advanced-A St. Lucie in 2013 and made one start in St. Lucie and one start in AA Binghamton this year before joining the Gnats' roster Friday.
The first half Southern Division Champion Gnats will play game four and five of their six game series against the GreenJackets in a doubleheader beginning Saturday at 5:05 pm. RHP Chris Flexen (3-5, 5.43) will take on RHP Chase Johnson (1-5, 5.56) in game one, while game two will feature RHP Kevin McGowan (4-2, 2.14) against LHP DJ Snelton (3-1, 1.50).
Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium open at 4:30. Fans can stay after the game for a spectacular fireworks show. Saturday will also be Boy Scout Night brought to you by Arrow Exterminator. The radio pregame show on News/Talk 630 and sandgnats.com begins at 4:45 pm.