Nice night for the Gnats as every hitter in the lineup reached base safely, seven of nine had hits, and Greg Peavey kept on rolling. Savannah stayed 3.5 games ahead of Greenville, who won in extra innings, with nine games to play in the first half.
It was mostly about fastball command for Peavey who got stronger as the game went on and retired the final ten batters to face him. To my eyes, his slider was his most effective secondary pitch, although he threw both his curve and his changeup, including a couple good ones, as well. His line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 7/2 go/ao. Since May 1: 48 IP, 39 H, 4 BB, 40 K. Dude's ready for the next level.
On the hitting side, Aderlin Rodriguez (.218/.270/.389) has made some mechanical tweaks, and some mental tweaks and is starting to pound the baseball. He was 2-5 with a double into the right field corner and is now hitting .360 (9-for-24) with three doubles in his last six. Thursday, he also made a very nice pair of athletic plays at third. I am very bullish about a big second-half from Rodriguez.
SS/2B Wilfredo Tovar extended his hitting streak to nine straight games by going 1-4. In his last nine games he's hit .406 (13-for-32) with two doubles, two walks and just one strikeout. And yes, that's the acrobatic Tovar airborne in the picture on the right.
C Blake Forsythe was 1-3 with a double, a sac fly and 3 RBI. He has absolutely scorched a pair of doubles in this series.