Savannah, GA - The Asheville Tourists blanked the Savannah Sand Gnats 6-0 Tuesday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. After dropping the first two games of the three-game series to Asheville, the Gnats have now lost five games in a row.
The Tourists (34-24/81-47) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when RF David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at thirdbase to drive home DH Will Swanner who had doubled to begin the inning.
Asheville added three runs in the seventh to establish a 4-0 advantage. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats' starter Marcos Camarena over the leftfield wall for a solo homer and a 2-0 lead.
The Tourists outhit the Gnats (24-33/65-59) 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles, and the team did not put a runner at third base all game. Asheville, by contrast, picked up six extra-base hits.
Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled into right for the Gnats' first hit.
The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against reliever TJ Chism to complete the game's scoring.
The Gnats will try to avoid a sweep Wednesday when they hand the ball to LHP Jimmy Fuller (3-5, 6.37) against Asheville RHP Vianney Mayo (4-7, 4.93). Gates open at 6 pm. The radio broadcast, presented by Subway, begins on News/Talk 630 and online at sandgnats.com begins at 6:45 pm.
The first 200 children aged 12 years and younger through the gates at Historic Grayson Stadium, will receive a Webkinz stuffed toy.
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.
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