Rome Braves 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 3
The Rome Braves scored three runs in the top of the eighth to come from behind to defeat the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-3 in front of 2,509 fans on Opening Night at Historic Grayson Stadium.
CF Brandon Nimmo, the Mets’ first round pick in the 2011 draft, was 2-for-3 with a walk in his Savannah debut. Both of his knocks were hard singles up the middle.
The Gnats (0-1) took a 3-2 lead into the top of the eighth inning with reliever Bret Mitchell on the hill. With one out and the bases empty, Braves 1B Edison Sanchez chopped a ball to SS Philip Evans’ right that bounced by him for a fielding error. DH Aris Alcantara followed with a single up the middle to put runners at the corners.C Tyler Tewell then rolled a swinging bunt up the third base line to bring home Sanchez to tie the game at 3-3. The very next batter, RF Felix Marte laced a two-run double to left field giving the Braves a 5-3 lead.
The Gnats scored three times in their half of the sixth to ta...