Flores Goes Yard in Gnats Win

Aflores-head-shot – South Atlantic League

Savannah Sand Gnats 6, @ Rome Braves 3

SS Wilmer Flores (.257/.304/.329 – pictured) broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homerun, his second of the year, in the fifth inning that put the Gnats out in front for good.  Last year with Kingsport, in the Appalachian League, Flores hit .310/.352/.490 with remarkable power for a 16-year old.  In 245 AB, he had 24 XBH, or one extra base hit every 10.2 AB.  Jumped two levels to the SAL, the 17-year old has seen that rate nearly halved to one extra base hit every 19.1 AB (11 XBH, 210 AB). Flores will likely repeat the SAL next year at age 18, so it will be very interesting to see whether his XBH production returns to his previously established levels.

DH Jean Luc Blaquiere also lifted a two-run homer for the Gnats.

1B Josh Satin (.311/.414/.414) was 3-4 with a double.

Jeurys Familia (4-4, 3.25) survived 5.2 innings to grab his fourth win.  He gave up three runs on seven hits, walked two and fanned six.