One day removed from the Shorebirds (11-8) 12 run power surge, the Gnats (7-12) plate four runs in the seventh inning to give them the 6-4 lead and the eventual 7-5 victory at Historic Grayson Stadium on Wednesday Night.
The Gnats offense started early and often, 2B JC Rodriguez reached on a single and C Tomas Nido would follow suit. After LF Patrick Biondi’swalk, the bases were loaded for DH Vicente Lupo. Lupo was issued a free pass, which scored Rodriguez for the game’s first run. Rodriguez was 3-for-4 on the night with an RBI.
With the Gnats up 2-0 in the fourth, the Shorebirds LF Conor Bierfeldt would single home two runs off Gnats starter Corey Oswalt (2-0, 4.84). Oswalt went 6.0 IP allowing seven hits, three runs (2 earned), and striking out four.
Delmarva would take the lead with a run in the 6th and 7th innings, but the Gnats would battle back. The Gnats would load the bases again, after walks were issued to Biondi, Johnathan Johnson, and Luis Guillorme. With runners at every base and the Gnats down by two, CF John Mora crushed a double to deep right field to tie the game at 4. 1B Stefan Sabol would plate Guillorme and Rodriguez would bring Mora in for a four run 7th inning.
Johnson would score in the bottom of the 8th for the Gnats and Delmarva’s 1B Riley Palmer would come around to score in the ninth to round out the scoring on Wednesday.
The win would go to the newest Sand Gnat, RHP Josh Smoker (1-0), who pitched in the seventh allowing just one run on one hit and striking out two. LHP Shane Bay would earn his second save of the season.