Fireflies Game Notes: May 12 vs. Asheville (Game 33)


Columbia Fireflies (18-14) vs. Asheville Tourists (14-16)

RHP Thomas McIlraith (1-2, 4.85) vs. RHP David Hill (2-2, 5.03)

Thursday, May 12, 2016 — Spirit Communications Park — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 33

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ABOUT LAST GAME: The Fireflies took down the Greenville Drive on Tuesday 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 on Tuesday reached base safely. That comes on the heels of Monday’simpressive 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 on Thursday. 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 RamosVinny SienaIvan 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


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