Special Pop The Bubbly edition! Congratulations to the Savannah Sand Gnats, the first half champions of the South Atlantic League! They are assured a playoff spot come September. I saw a lot of these guys at Brooklyn last year, and I can tell you it is a very talented group. Columbus 7, Buffalo 3Zach Lutz went 2 for 3 and Fernando Martinez went 2 for 5 with two runs scored. I would complain that, young prospect-wise, this team is about as interesting as a bag of rocks, but then I remember that all the interesting guys are already at New Shea. Worthy of note, Lutz played first base and performed well. With Nick Evans off the 40-man roster, Lutz could be up next time they need a right handed bench bat. I thought Zach making it to the bigs this year was a long shot, but thing seem to be falling into place for him Binghamton 6, Richmond 4Randy Brooks, Erik Niesen and Erik Turgeon (I just noticed that they have two Erik’s with a ‘K’) combined for 4 scoreless innings in relief of Tobi Stoner. Eric ’With a C’ Campbell, Braihaim Maldonado and Reese Haven (who hit a solo homer) paced the 12 hot attack.St. Lucie 11, Palm Beach 10This one would have been fun to watch. It looked for a long time that St Lucie was going to roll comfortably, and then the 8th inning happened. Kyle Allen, John Church and Nick Carr got bombarded for 7 runs in that frame, as an 8-3 lead evaporated into a 10-8 deficit. To be fair, three of Allen’s runs were unearned. In the bottom of the inning the PSL-ers rallied for 3 runs, the big hit being a 2 out 2 run single by Juan Ligares (who also had a 2 run homer earlier in the game). Stefan Welch and Wilmer Flores also had solo shots. Savannah 2, Rome 1The Sand Gnats clinched the first half crown last night, edging the Rome Braves. Gonzalez German and Josh Edgin got the win and the save, respectively – and also weathered three Savannah errors behind them. Now that the playoffs are assured, expect some shuffling to go on between Savannah and Brooklyn (at least until the new draftees start trickling in), with the band getting back together in September.