Columbia catcher Pat Mazeika tallied two more hits in4-3 loss to Charleston at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The lefty was activated off of the Disabled List on May 18, and in five starts, has posted a .471 batting average with four walks. Mazeika’s on-base percentage sits at .591.
Columbia (21-22) fell behind in the bottom of the second inning when Jhalan Jackson homered against Chase Ingram (L, 3-3). The Fireflies starter was then handed a lead in the following half inning. Tyler Moore and Vinny Siena both reached base and Mazeika drove them home with a single. Those were the only runs the visitors would score off of Charleston (27-15) starter Daris Vargas (W, 4-0).
Ingram was dealing on the mound until the fifth inning. With two outs, the RiverDogs strung together three straight run-scoring singles to take a 4-2 lead. Ingram finished with seven strikeouts in five innings of work.
In the eighth, J.C. Rodriguez drew a walk and Mazeika reached as well right afterword when he was hit by a pitch. A Willie Gabay wild pitch enabled the runners to advance and Milton Ramos’ groundout plated Rodriguez. The Fireflies were back within a run, but that was the closest they’d get.
Not to be forgotten, Craig Missigman and Alex Palsha combined for three scoreless innings of work out of the Columbia bullpen.