This one started a half hour late to allow a storm to clear, and then was interupted by pouring rain twice more until it was called after the fifth inning with standing water on the warning track all the way around the field.
Before the game was called, Steven Matz and Luis Diaz hooked up in a nice pitchers' duel.
Matz: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. The run he allowed came in the second. He gave up a chopper up the first base line that looked like it kicked foul - Gnats manager Luis Rojas discussed it at length with the umps - but it was ruled fair, and a double. Then he walked the next two batters, leaving pitches up and out of the zone. A sac fly gave the Drive a 1-0 lead before Matz recorded a strikeout to end the threat. Matz was mostly fastball/changeup and the changeup was keeping poor SAL hitters completely off-balance. That pitch has come a long, long way for Matz this year.
Matz's last five starts: 30.1 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 11 BB, 37 K. That's an opponents' batting average of .129/.224/.158, a 32% strikeout rate and a 0.86 ERA. The only blemish, his control sometimes goes as he's walked batters at a 9.5% rate.