Around the minors 9.13.11

SAVANNAH 7, GREENSBORO 3: The Sand Gnats evened the best-of-five South Atlantic League championship series at a game apiece at Greensboro. The series shifts to Savannah for Game 3 Thursday night, with Johan Santana expected to toss four innings for the Gnats. The Gnats scored five unanswered runs from the third through the eighth innings to break a 2-all tie. Savannah took a one-run lead in the third when Darrell Ceciliani scored on a wild pitch. The Gnats expanded their advantage to 4-2 lead in the fourth when Aderlin Rodriguez singled, advanced to second, and scored on a ’Hoppers error. From there, the Gnats put the game away with two more home runs -- their fourth and fifth in the two games in Greensboro. In the seventh, Luis Nieves lifted a solo shot to right field to put the Gnats up 5-2. It was the first long ball of the year for Nieves, who played 87 games for the Gnats during the regular season without a homer. Rodriguez put the Gnats up 7-2 in the eighth by crushing a long home run to left. Savannah right-hander Yohan Almonte relieved starter Gonzalez Germen in the fourth and gave the Gnats five scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the win in his first postseason appearance. Almonte struck out five and walked two while allowing four singles. The Gnats hopped on top with a two-run first. After singles from Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar, Joe Bonfe ripped a two-out double down the left-field line to drive home Ceciliani and Tovar. Tovar finished 3-for-5 with a double. The Grasshoppers answered with single runs in the first and second innings against Germen to tie the score at 2. Germen fought his way through three innings, yielding two runs, both earned, on five hits. Greensboro used two Savannah errors to score a run and load the bases in the ninth before reliever Brandon Sage struck out Wilfredo Gimenez batting as the tying run to end the game. Box

Compiled from team report