Fireflies Game Notes: May 22 @ Charleston (Game 43)


Columbia Fireflies (21-21) @ Charleston RiverDogs (26-15)

RHP Chase Ingram (3-2, 3.00) vs. RHP Daris Vargas (3-0, 2.05)

Sunday, May 22, 2016 — Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (Charleston, SC) — First Pitch 5:05 p.m.— Game 43

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ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia bounced back on Saturday for an 8-4 win over Charleston. The Fireflies had lost back-to-back one-run games in the series. Columbia jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings and never looked back. Joe Shaw tossed seven innings and allowed just two runs. The starter struck out a career-high 10 batters - which is also the most for any Fireflies starter in 2016 in one game.

J-ROD STRIKES AGAIN: Manager Jose Leger has placed J.C. Rodriguez in the three-hole in recent games. The move has paid off in a big way - Rodriguez had a marvelous night at the plate on Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Rodriguez became the fourth Firefly this season to record a four-hit night.

FOUR HORSEMEN: Rodriguez’s four-hit night is the fifth this season registered by a Columbia hitter.
· Sat., May 21 @ CSC: J.C. Rodriguez (4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
· Wed., May 4 @ GBO: David Thompson (4-5, HR, 4 RBI)
· Wed., May 4 @ GBO: Dash Winningham (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI)
· Thurs., April 21 @ GVL: Vinny Siena (4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
· Thurs., April 21 @ GVL: David Thompson (4-5, 3 RBI)  

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE: The first five hitters in the Fireflies order on Saturday registered multi-hit nights.Kevin Kaczmarski, Vinny Siena, Rodriguez, Pat Mazeika and Milton Ramos combined to go 14-for-23 at the plate (.609).

THE O IS BACK: Columbia piled up eight runs and 15 hits on Saturday. The Fireflies had scored just 15 runs in the previous nine games.

ROSTER MOVEDavid Thompson was placed on the disabled list and Luis Ortega was added to Columbia’s roster.


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