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Fireflies Game Notes: April 11 vs. Hickory (Game 6)

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Columbia Fireflies (5-0) vs. Hickory Crawdads (1-4)

LHP Blake Taylor (0-0, 0.00 - Kingsport) vs. RHP Tyler Phillips (4-7, 6.44 - Spokane)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 — Spirit Communications Park — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 6

LISTEN: ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM & 1230 AM / ColumbiaFireflies.com / TuneIn Radio App
WATCH: MiLB.TV

ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia kicked off its three-game series with the Hickory Crawdads with a 3-0 victory. The Fireflies are the only undefeated team in the South Atlantic League

STREAKING: The Fireflies’ five-game win streak ties the longest in the franchise’s short history (the last fromAugust 19-23 last year). Even more impressive, Columbia hasn’t trailed at any point during the first five games (45 innings)

0 0 0Monday was the club’s third shut-out win. It took Columbia until July 16 last season to notch three shut-out victories. In total, the 2016 team accomplished the feat 8 times. This year’s squad is 38% of the way to matching that total through just five games.

HOLD THE PHONE: Starter Colin Holderman—in his first professional start—struck out a franchise-record 11 batters on Monday night in just six innings.

BETTER YET: If that wasn’t impressive enough, Columbia struck out 16 total hitters on Monday night—setting a new club record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game (17 is the high for any game, regardless of the number of innings; this occurred during a 14-inning tilt on September 3, 2016). Relievers Matt Blackham (3 Ks) and Joe Zanghi (2) contributed to the total.

ON TOP: Columbia ranks no. 1 in the SAL in these statistical categories:
AVG - .306                Runs - 39                  Walks - 39
SBs - 16                    OBP - .438                Fewest Hits Allowed - 29
The club is second in the SAL in fewest strikeouts (36, hitting) and third in most strikeouts (55, pitching).
                                   
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: An average of 5,925 fans have made it out each night to Spirit Communications Park.

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