Kylin Turnbull started and won the decisive game three in the Suns division round win, holding the Power to 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 5 IP while striking out 3. After spending most of last year putting up mediocre numbers with Hagerstown the Nations promoted Turnbull to Advanced A to start this year and it did not go well. Over 3 starts and 10.2 IP he allowed 20 hits, walked 8 and struck out 3. Moving back to Hagerstown didn't change a whole lot (5 G, 22 IP, 31 H) and Turnbull was sent to extended spring training to work things out. In addition to working on his mechanics Turnbull added a split-change to his fastball/slider/curve arsenal. A trip to the NYPL came next, and over 4 starts for Auburn he allowed earned runs just once, struck out 15 and walked 3. While he struggled at times after moving back in the SAL he got the walks under control and put up 8 or more K three times. Pitchers with 4 useful pitches are rare in the SAL so he should make for an interesting challenge to the Gnats raw lineup. (Thanks to Eli Pearlstein for the detail on Turnbull's season.)
In the game three win over West Virginia RHP Ronald Pena (4-3, 3.48) pitched 4 shutout innings to finish the game. If he is not in consideration for a start later in the series he could be a weapon for tonight's game.
Gabriel Ynoa won the Sand Gnats first playoff game against Augusta with the following outing: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K. His 15 regular season wins were 3 more than anyone else in the SAL, while his whip of 1.02 was second only to Augusta's Kendry Flores.
In the regular season RF Eudy Pina hit .233/.334/.396 showing the ability to take a walk and drive the ball (163 ISO) In the postseason he 6-for-16 with 2 triples and 1 walk (.375/.412/.500) from the leadoff spot. Brandon Nimmo has gone 0-for-6 with 2 walks and a sac fly in the two games against the Suns after hardly making an out in two games against Augusta. Cole Frenzel put up a .235/.333/.346 slash in the season playing half the time at 3B and half at 1B. After a 0-for-12 start to the playoffs his single, double, and walk effort last night helped both multi run innings.