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Minors 9.12.15: SAL baseball in Savannah ends with Gnats' defeat

READING 4, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets were swept in the best-of-five Eastern Division Championship Series. Gabriel Ynoa surrendered four runs in the opening two innings and Binghamton went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in Game 3. J.P. Crawford blasted Gabriel Ynoa’s eighth pitch of the night for a homer and 1-0 lead. The Fightin Phils added a sacrifice fly from Angelo Mora and two-run homer from Nick Williams in the second for a 4-0 lead. In the third, Reading loaded the bases and chased Ynoa. Beck Wheeler entered and struck out Mora. Opposing pitcher Ben Lively then hit a long fly ball to the right-center alley. Joe Benson caught the drive in stride on the warning track to end the inning and quash the threat. After keeping Binghamton in the game with his glove, Benson pulled the B-Mets closer in the fourth. With a runner aboard, Benson lifted a 1-2 pitch from Lively over the right-field wall. His two-out blast cut the deficit in half. Binghamton threatened against the Reading bullpen, but failed to collect a timely hit. L.J. Mazzilli lined out to pitcher Ryan O’Sullivan with two on in the seventh. T.J. Rivera reached second with none out in the eighth, but was stranded when Jimmy Cordero retired the heart of the B-Mets order. Stephen Shakleford surrendered a double to Benson to open the ninth, but then registered three straight outs to punch Reading’s ticket to the finals against Bowie. Ynoa was tagged for four runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings in his first career postseason loss. Four B-Met relievers combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: Luis Jean’s two-run homer in the eighth against Gnats starter Casey Delgado broke a scoreless tie and ultimately ended the Gnats' season and the franchise's stay in Savannah, Georgia. The South Atlantic League club, which was eliminated in a deciding Game 3 of its opening-round series, will relocate to Columbia, South Carolina, next year and be called the Fireflies. Josh Fuentes led off the eighth with a single to snap a streak of 14 straight batters retired by Delgado. Two batters later, Jean launched his first homer of the season to give Asheville the 2-0 lead. Delgado took the tough-luck loss despite logging eight innings and allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts. The Gnats pounced on rehabbing major leaguer Tyler Chatwood in the first inning. Savannah loaded the bases with two outs to chase Chatwood after five batters. However, Tomas Nido struck out against Jerad McCrummen to strand three. Sam Howard took over in the second and tossed six scoreless innings for the Tourists. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Nido, J.C. Rodriguez and Michael Katz consecutively singled to pull the Gnats within 2-1. But with the tying run on third base, Patrick Biondi grounded out to end the Gnats' season and stay in Savannah. Box

Compiled with team reports.