The Savannah Sand Gnats Win SAL Championship!!

By Former Writers

September 13, 2013 5 Comments



The strength of the Savannah Sand Gnats this year, much like the Mets, was in their pitching staff. The Sand Gnats might have done a lot of other things right in order to get to their position, but when it came down to a best-of-three series at home for Savannah with Gabriel Ynoa and Steven Matz still to pitch, I felt pretty damn confident about our chances. Ynoa, as you’ve heard, turned in an amazing performance yesterday in a Sand Gnats victory.

Steven Matz, of course, didn’t want to be outdone — so he fired 5.2 scoreless innings today and struck out nine batters. Paul Sewald, Jeurys Familia, and Beck Wheeler combined for 3.1 scoreless innings as well — and struck out four batters. In fact, the Savannah Sand Gnats finish their championship season with 19 straight scoreless innings, which is just amazing.

Man, this is a great feeling! The Gnats only had two hits all game — but the big one was a two-run double by Stefan Sabol, which scored Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera. Savannah has won their first SAL Championship in 17 years (since 1996) and took the series 3-1 culminating with this victory at home.

Say what you want about winning in the minors, but the entire Savannah team deserves a hell of a lot of accolades and respect. It was a great season!

Key Stats

Stefan Sabol: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Dilson Herrera: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 R

Brandon Nimmo: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Steven Matz: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 9 K

Paul Sewald: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER

Jeurys Familia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Beck Wheeler: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

  • PROTECT MATZ! That is all.

  • chago

    Nice work guys congratulations to the entire Gnat organization.Have some champagne smell the roses take a month off.Then get your arses back to work developing your skills the parent club needs your help ASAP

    Satish if the Vikes don’t get anymore pressure on the qb this week we may have to suit you up in week three.

  • I’ll think about it if you can look to trade me to the Jets later in the season. 🙂

  • chago

    Tell you what you screw miss Erin Rodgers into the ground throwing shoulder first a few times and your a Jet before the next game. I’ll make it easy on you doesn’t even have to be on a passing play (LOL) he hands the ball off you pick him up and slam him with a look in your eye that would have made Deacon Jones proud and you got a deal. Vikes will gladly pick up your fine the suspension is another matter though.

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