Posted by Mack Ade at 6:00 PM
Columbia Fireflies (18-14) vs. Asheville Tourists (14-16)
RHP Thomas McIlraith (1-2, 4.85) vs. RHP David Hill (2-2, 5.03)
— Spirit Communications Park — First Pitch — Game 33
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ABOUT LAST GAME: The Fireflies took down the Greenville Drive afternoon at Fluor Field, 7-6. Starter P.J. Conlon picked up his fifth straight victory. The lefty is second in the South Atlantic League with those 5 wins.
HIT PARADE: Every Columbia hitter reached base safely. That comes on the heels of impressive offensive performance when eight of the nine Fireflies batters reached base safely.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: The Fireflies start a four-game series with Asheville . Columbia is gunning for its third straight series win.
ROAD TRIP RECAP: Manager Jose Leger’s team went 5-2 on its 7-game road trip to Greensboro and Greenville. David Thompson had a monster trip, hitting .370 with a home run, three doubles and nine RBIs. The third baseman also scored nine runs. Milton Ramos, Vinny Siena, Ivan Wilson and Dash Winningham all batted .333 during the trip.
SURGING SIENA: Vinny Siena is fifth in the league in batting average (.347) and tops in on-base percentage (.477). According to MLBFarm.com, Siena is one of the best line-drive hitters in the SAL. He’s popped out just two times in 31 games. 70% of the balls he puts in play are line drives or ground balls.
THE OTHER GUYS: The Tourists have five Rockies prospects on their roster according to MLB.com, including the third overall pick in 2015’s MLB Draft, Brendan Rodgers.
1. INF Brendan Rodgers 26. INF Jonathan Piron
13. LHP Peter Lambert 29. RHP David Hill
23. INF Carlos Herrera