The Gnats ended the South Atlantic League first half winners of six in a row with a four-game sweep of the hapless Braves.
C Cam Maron tied a Gnats' season-best by extending his hitting streak to 13 straight games. He's hitting .473 (26-for-55) with five doubles and a triple, over his streak which began on May 25, to lift his season line to .296/.378/.389.
I suspect CF Travis Taijeron (pictured) played his last game as a Sand Gnat, going 2-for-4 with a homerun, his 12th, and a walk, his 37th. The 23-year-old leads the Gnats in both categories. At .291/.401/.548 he just does not have much else to prove in the SAL. He's scheduled to participate in the Home Run Derby which will take place on the USS Yorktown on Monday. That will be fun. Then it should be time to go to work in St. Lucie in the second half.
Marcos Camarena started in place of Domingo Tapia for the second straight spin through the rotation. The plan was to skip Tapia to manage his innings total and bring him back after the All-Star Break. Again, he threw 56 games total in minor league games in 2011. Give him credit for another 25 ish in extended spring training games and he was working from a base of 81 innings. He's already thrown 46 innings for the Gnats this year in nine starts. If he makes 11 more starts in the second half, averaging 5.1 innings per start, as he did in the first half, he would throw 102.2 innings in 2012. Averaging six innings per start would send him to 112 innings, a bump of 30 over 2011. Shutting him down for a few weeks at the end of the first half was an extremely cautious usage pattern.