Ynoa Fires Blanks As Savannah Moves Within One Win Of SAL Championship


The Savannah Sand Gnats moved within one game of clinching their first South Atlantic League Championship in 17 years with a 6-0 shutout of the Hagerstown Suns Thursday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Gnats lead the best-of-five-game series two to one. Game four is scheduled for Fridaynight.

Starter Gabriel Ynoa fired seven shutout innings for the Gnats to earn the win. After dealing with a runner at third in the first, and a runner at second in the second inning, he did not allow a runner past first base in his final five frames while retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced. He struck out five and walked one.

The Gnats scored the game’s first two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Stefan Sabol brought homeDilson Herrera with a sacrifice fly. Herrera knocked the ball out of Hagerstown catcher Pedro Severino‘sglove with a hard takeout slide. Jeff Reynolds then followed with a clean single into center to score the second run.

Savannah added two more runs in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. Sabol tripled up the right-centerfield gap to scoreCole Frenzel and then scored himself on another single to center by Reynolds.

Reynolds reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBI. The 5-6-7 hitters in the order, Frenzel, Sabol and Reynolds were a combined 6-for-8 with a triple, four runs scored and five RBI.

The Gnats added single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to complete the game’s scoring.

Rehabbing big leaguer Jeurys Familia struck out two batters in a hitless eighth in his second appearance of the Championship Series for the Gnats.

Savannah will hand the ball to LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 2.62 – regular season/1-0, 0.00 – post-season) against RHP Dakota Bacus (1-0, 0.00 – regular season/0-0, 0.00 – post-season) in game four.  First pitch at Historic Grayson Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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