Last night at Historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah, the Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Hagerstown Suns by the score of 2-0 to win their best of five South Atlantic Championship Series.
It’s Savannah’s first SAL title since 1996.
Steven Matz earned his second win of the series after striking out nine batters while not allowing a run over 5 2/3 innings.
“Our pitching staff is a great thing, from starting to the relievers to the closer,” Matz said, according to milb.com. “It all starts with [pitching coach] Frank Viola. He works with us on attacking hitters, just throwing strikes, trusting your stuff, the whole nine yards. It starts with him and ends with us.”
Matz allowed only five hits while striking out 17 in 12 2/3 innings over two starts in the SAL playoffs.
“It’s a good way to end the season, definitely, for me and the team,” the 22-year-old left-hander said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
Matz, 22, went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 21 starts for Single-A Savannah this season, striking out 121 with 38 walks in 106 1/3 innings. He was the Mets second round selection in the 2009 first-year player draft, He has dealt with a variety of injuries since joining the organization.
The Sand Gnats had only two hits last night – a double by Stefan Sabol and a single by Philip Evans. Sabol drove in the only two runs of the game.
Here is Brandon Nimmo and his teammates celebrating with their championship trophy:
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