Posted by Mack Ade at 4:58 PM
Columbia Fireflies (19-17) @ Lakewood BlueClaws (22-16)
RHP Gabriel Llanes (1-2, 2.33) vs. LHP JoJo Romero (2-1, 2.20)
— Lakewood, NJ (FirstEnergy Park) — First Pitch — Game 37
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ABOUT DOUBLEHEADER: Columbia split a twin-bill with Lakewood in two seven-inning games at FirstEnergy Park.
· Game 1: The Fireflies won, 6-1, behind a strong performance from starter Harol Gonzalez. The righty tossed seven innings, had a season-high eight strikeouts, and just one walk. Jay Jabs blasted his first homer of the season - a two-run shot to right field. It was the fifth straight win for the club.
· Game 2: The BlueClaws got revenge with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. Columbia’s starting pitcher, Jordan Humphreys, suffered his first loss of the season despite six solid innings, zero walks, and six strikeouts. Reed Gamache and Luis Carpio produced four of the club’s seven hits.
COMPLETELY RESTED: Columbia’s bullpen has barely been needed during this road trip. The squad has played in five games so far (41 innings) and the relivers combined to throw just seven frames. The starting pitchers in this road trip have tossed complete games in three of the five contests - Jordan Humphreys, Harol Gonzalez, and Gabriel Llanes.
SOLID BUSINESS TRIP: The club is 4-1 so far in this road trip and will conclude the time away from home with one more in Lakewood this evening. Here are some of the offensive numbers during the first five games of this swing…
· The Fireflies are outscoring their opponents 31-12 and also outhitting them 48-30.
· The team has 5 home runs during this span.
UNCHARTERED TERRITORY: The Fireflies are approximately 677 miles (10 plus hours) from Columbia, SC. There are just two players on Columbia’s roster who are from the northeast - Joe Zanghi (Milford, CT) and Reed Gamache (Exeter, RI).