Posted by Mack Ade at 6:09 PM
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)
— Spirit Communications Park — First Pitch — Game 6
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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 from last year). Even more impressive, Columbia hasn’t trailed at any point during the first five games (45 innings)
0 0 0: was the club’s third shut-out win. It took Columbia until 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 night in just six innings.
BETTER YET: If that wasn’t impressive enough, Columbia struck out 16 total hitters 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.