Congratulations To The Savannah Sand Gnats: Nimmo and Matz Help Clinch Championship


Congratulations to the Savannah Sand Gnats, who won the First Half Southern Division Championship for the third time in four years, with a game-clinching RBI from Brandon Nimmo last night.

The Gnats currently hold a record of 41-26 on the heels of last night’s 2 – 1 victory. (For the record, Plawecki clarified that the drink in the picture is non-alcoholic.)

Here’s a short recap of the game from our own Wally Murphy who attends each game at Historic Grayson Stadium for MMO and MMN:

Game two of the four game series between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Greenville Drive was played in front of 3,017 fans on Friday evening at Grayson Stadium. It was an exciting game with Savannah winning 2-1 in twelve innings.

Savannah starter Steven Matz, pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and walks and he struck out 10.

Savannah scored a run in the second inning when leading off, right fielder Maikis De La Cruz laced a double and was chased home by a Stefan Sabol RBI single. Greenville tied the game at 1-1 in the 8th inning when Mookie Betts singled, advanced to third on a double by Jose Vinicio, and scored on a ground out.

In the 12th inning for Savannah, Jeff Reynolds and Phillip Evans singled. Eudy Piña walked to load the bases. On a 3-2 count, Brandon Nimmo filed out to center field to score Reynolds with the winning run.

Great to see Matz deliver a solid performance and Nimmo starting to heat up again. Look for a few promotions to Advanced-A St. Lucie in the coming days, with Boyd and Plawecki headlining the group…