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September 13, 2013 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Hagerstown Suns News Release

Hagerstown Suns (WSH) 1-2 @ Savannah Sand Gnats (NYM) 2-1

RHP Dakota Bacus (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 2.62)

Grayson Stadium/ Savannah, GA/ Friday September 13, 2013/ 7:05pm / Game #144, Road #71, Playoffs #7

Series: Game 4 of 5 (if necessary)

About last game... The Hagerstown Suns (1-2) had no answer for a dominant Savannah Sand Gnats (2-1) pitching staff for a second straight game, losing 6-0 in game three of the South Atlantic League Championship Series. The Sand Gnats now control the series two games to one. Starting RHP Gabriel Ynoa (2-0) got the win for Savannah by tossing seven innings and allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. Starting LHP Kylin Turnbull (1-1) suffered the loss for the Suns. He pitched five innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out three. Savannah kicked off its scoring in the second inning. Second baseman Dilson Herrera led off with a walk. First baseman Cole Frenzel followed with a single to right, which pushed Herrera to third, and Frenzel moved to second on the throw to third to try and get Herrera. Left fielder Stefan Sabol drove Herrera in with a sacrifice fly to right, which also pushed Frenzel from second to third.

Frenzel scored when 3B Jeff Reynolds hit a line drive single up the middle to make it 2-0. The Sand Gnats plated two more runs in the fourth. With a runner at first and two outs Sabol smacked a triple to center field to drive in the first run of the frame. Sabol then scored on another single by Reynolds to put Savannah up 4-0. The Sand Gnats upped their lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Designated hitter Eudy Pina sent a one- out single into left field. A single by CF Brandon Nimmo allowed Pina to go to third. De La Cruz then sent a sacrifice fly to center field to score Pina. The final Savannah run scored in the sixth. Frenzel led off with a line drive single up the middle. He was pushed to second when Sabol walked. Reynolds then drove Frenzel home with a single up the middle, his third RBI single in three at-bats.

On the Mound... RHP Dakota Bacus takes the hill tonight for the Suns. He is making his second start and fourth appearance with the Suns this year. He last pitched in relief on September 6 at home against West Virginia, going four innings and allowing one unearned run on one hit and one walk while striking out four. Bacus' lone start with the Suns came on August 28 at home against Lakewood when he went six innings without allowing a run and gave up just one hit while walking four and striking out two. Bacus began this season pitching for Beloit of the Midwest League, where he went 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 26 games (16 starts). Bacus was acquired by the Nationals in a trade with Oakland on August 23rd . He was selected by the A's in the ninth round of the 2012 draft out of Indiana State University. Bacus spent last season pitching for the Arizona League Athletics and went 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 18 games (one start). He was named an Arizona League post-season All-star last year.

Tonight he goes up against LHP Steven Matz for Savannah. Matz is making his 23rd start and appearance this year. He last threw in game two of the Southern Division Championship Series on September 6 at home against Augusta, going seven innings without allowing a run and giving up just one hit while striking out eight without walking a batter. Matz went 2-3 at home during the regular season with a 1.99 ERA in 11 starts. Overall during the regular season Matz threw 106.1 innings, surrendering 36 runs (31 earned) on 86 hits including four homers. He walked 38 and struck out 121.

Matz was selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Ward Melville High School.

Scouting Savannah... The Suns and Sand Gnats are playing the fourth of a potential five games against each other this season, and the second of a potential three that will take place in Savannah.

The Sand Gnats are 81-62 so far this season, and 2-1 against the Suns. They finished fifth (out of seven) in the South Atlantic League Southern division second half standings, 10.5 games out of first.

Savannah finished 11th in the league in hitting (.242 team average), and second in pitching (3.15 team ERA).

It's Playoff time!!... The Suns return to the playoffs for a second straight year. Last year the Suns lost in the Northern Division Championship Series 2-0 to the Greensboro Grasshoppers. This is the fourth appearance in the playoffs for the Suns since 2001, and the seventh South Atlantic League playoff appearance in the team's history. The Suns have never won a South Atlantic League championship.

Listen/Watch Live... All Suns home games this season will be broadcast live with play-by-play provided by Eli Pearlstein on MiLB.TV, the Tunein radio app, and hagerstownsuns.com. To get the audio on hagerstownsuns.com just click on the "Audio" button located at the top-middle of the home page in between the probable starting pitchers headshots.

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