Savannah 7, Lakewood 2
Steven Matz was on his game on Friday as he got the start for the Sand Gnats and provided them with five shutout innings. He scattered six hits and a walk while striking out five and was in control throughout the evening. He is sporting a 1.29 ERA so far this season. Tyler Vanderheiden allowed an earned run in an inning of work – and so did Hunter Carnevale, but Beck Wheeler and Bret Mitchell provided a scoreless inning of work each. By the way, Beck Wheeler has yet to allow a baserunner in 6.2 IP so far in Savannah with nine strikeouts.
The real stories of the night were Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki however, as they continued their torrid hitting in Savannah with yet another great offensive game. I said on many occasions that the NY Penn League was a pitching dominated league and it was important not to worry too much about the offensive stats till they broke out of that area. Lo and behold, their short time in Savannah has resulted in some of the hottest hitting in A-ball right now.
Nimmo ripped four hits, including a triple, while walking once which raised his average to .450. He bounced back after an 0-for-4 ended a streak of sizzling hot offensive performances. Not to be outdone, Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4, including a home run and a double, (he’s slugging .709) and drove home four runs… I feel a little sense of pride every time that I see Plawecki have a good game because I had such high hopes for him. Savannah had 11 hits as a team and Plawecki and Nimmo combined for seven of them. Nice!
On the heels of a dominant victory for Matt Harvey tonight, time to steal a line… “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!”
Chad Zurcher: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB
Brandon Nimmo: 4-for-4, 1 3B, 2 R, 1 BB
Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB
Jeff Reynolds: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Steven Matz: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
Tyler Vanderheiden: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 ER
Hunter Carnevale: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Beck Wheeler: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Bret Mitchell: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER