Pedro Beato threw another scoreless inning in his rehab, giving up a hit without striking out a batter.
SS Wilfredo Tovar drove home the go-ahead run to cap a three-run St. Lucie top of the eighth inning.
Cory Vaughn (.238/.318/.450) who's had a bad May after turning 23, had a big game, going 3-for-5 with a homer and the single that ignited the game-winning rally.
C Francisco Pena doubled and homered in a 2-for-4 night. The 22-year old his hitting .333/.380/.556 in 13 games in May after a .167/.239/.381 line in 13 games in April. This is his FOURTH season in St. Lucie.
LHP Chase Huchingson's control problems continued: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. He's walked 16 in 18 innings in May.
Domingo Tapia (pictured) was a little wild early as a first inning walks and a hit-by-pitch led to two first inning runs. He settled in other that and started inducing ground balls - of his non-strikeout outs, all but one came on the ground. His final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP. His season line as a 20-year in the SAL: 42 IP, 11 BB, 40 K, 0 HR. He's still throwing hard (96-98 mph) with a nasty sinker. He mixed in his changeup, and got some swings and misses with the pitch. He tried to work his slider in, but did not have much success with the offering as he struggled to find the release point with it.
I thought from the press box that he was coming open a bit especially early. It's a very common mechanical issue, if not the most common for young pitchers.
Gilbert Gomez, in his fourth game as a Gnat, was 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot. He's got a big leg kick as a trigger but gets down and has shown good hands and the ability to hit the ball both to right and left field.
The Gnats tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first on a two-run double from 3B Aderlin Rodriguez, who was 2-for-4. Rodriguez was sitting fastball on 3-2 and ripped it to the left-field fence. In the fifth, he was fooled on an 0-2 curveball, threw his bat at the ball, and still flicked the ball to the front of the track in left-center. Don't look now, but in May, the 20-year old is hitting a very healthy .311/.394/.492 in 18 games.