Rodgers’ Strong Outing Outshined by Savannah’s 3-2 Walk Off
SAVANNAH, GA.- In an emotionally draining contest, the Savannah Bananas were found victorious Saturday night at Grayson Stadium as Garrett Nelson provided the winning, run-scoring base hit to secure the 3-2 victory over the Florence RedWolves in the tenth inning.
Entering the bottom of the tenth inning, Tristen Watts (0-1) took over on the mound for Isaac Rodgers, Florence’s (23-29, 9-15) starting pitcher. Watts came into the inning having to face the heart of the Savannah Bananas’ (29-24, 16-10) offense.
Brice Fischer led off the inning with a stand-up double to left field setting the Bananas up in good shape with the winning run on second base. Florence decided to intentionally walk John Cassala to get a force play. Watts was able to get LJ Talley to fly out to left, but the runners had to hold on the hit being shallow. Nelson then stepped in and laced a line drive down the left field line to score the runner from second, securing the 3-2 walk off victory.
Florence got on the board first on a solo home run from Logan McRae. McRae’s fifth homer put the RedWolves up 1-0 in the third inning.
Savannah responded right back with a run of their own. Matt Pita led off the inning with a single to right field and stole second. With two outs, Talley poked Pita home on a base hit to right field to tie the game, 1-1.
McRae picked up his second run batted in with a base hit to centerfield scoring Zach Jacobs, who doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning. The RBI put Florence on top 2-1.
Again, the Bananas answered right back, tying the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Fischer roped a double to right field and was moved over to second on a Cassala sacrifice bunt. Talley then stepped to the plate and drove Fischer home after reaching on an error by second baseman Jackson Williams.
Isaac Rodgers, coming off of his last start that was a complete game, three-hit shutout on July 31st, racked up another solid performance for the RedWolves. Rodgers again threw nine innings for the Red and Black, though, the right-hander did give up two runs on eight hits, walked just one and struck out nine.
Savannah used a plethora of arms to secure the victory, while striking out Florence hitters 17 times throughout the course of the game.
Hunter Phillips (4-1) threw the final two frames for the Bananas and struck out six of the seven batters he faced.
The 3-2 loss for Florence hands them their fifth consecutive defeat.
The RedWolves have two games remaining in the regular season. Florence will return home on Sunday at 6pm to take on the Fayetteville SwampDogs for Youth Sports Day. Florence’s season will conclude on the road at Lexington County on Monday night. Visit www.florenceredwolves.com for more information and tickets.
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