C Kevin Plawecki doubled and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the two teams each scored two runs in their half of the final inning.
The 22-year-old Plawecki (.308/.408/.411 – 32 games in A+) was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Rainy Lara: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Bad sign for Lara statistically: he’s not missing bats. His last five starts: 13 strikeouts, 8 walks in 26.1 innings. As with all the young pitchers in their first full season, fatigue could be an issue here as he’s up to 107 innings pitched after 68 last year.
LF Stefan Sabol took advantage of the Gnats’ first trip to the thin air of beautiful Asheville with his eighth homerun of the year. Sabol, at 21 has hit .209/.304/.357 with a little pop (25 XBH) and speed (13 stolen bases). Still, if he’s going to be a big leaguer on the corner, he needs to hit for a little more average.
CF Brandon Nimmo was 1-for-5 with a double, his 8th of the year. The 20-year-old Nimmo is enjoying his best stretch since May, hitting .297/.422/.378 in his last 10 games with seven walks and 15 whiffs.
Jake Kuebler was ok: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.