4/30/18

Augusta 2 - Columbia 0

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Press Release:

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC – Scott Manea threw out two baserunners in a 2-0 loss to the GreenJackets on Sunday afternoon at SRP Park. Manea has now thrown out eight of 13 base stealers this season (61 percent clip).

Both offenses were silent in the first three innings (zero hits and zero runs). The Fireflies (12-12) threatened first in the fourth frame. With one out, Jeremy Vasquez extended his on-base steak to an impressive 23 straight games with an infield single. Rigoberto Terrazas reached on a fielder’s choice. After Ali Sanchez walked and Manea singled, Columbia had a prime opportunity with the bases loaded and two outs. However Augusta’s (17-6) starter, Garrett Cave, escaped the frame and got Raphael Gladu to fly out. The game remained scoreless after four frames.

Cave lasted just four innings on the mound. The righty recorded seven strikeouts and worked around four walks. Chris Viall made his fourth start of the season for Columbia. The 22-year-old went five frames, issued five walks, and posted five strikeouts.

Augusta’s first hit of the game came in the fifth inning. Tyler Brown led off with a perfect bunt single down the third-base line. Logan Baldwin broke the scoreless contest – his RBI double scored Brown. The only other offense took place in the eighth frame. Ryan Kirby launched a solo home run off Columbia’s reliever Stephen Villines.

Carlos Hernandez and Trey Cobb each tossed a scoreless inning for the Fireflies out of the bullpen. Hernandez has allowed just one earned run over 11.1 frames so far this season. Cobb picked up three strikeouts in his eighth appearance.

The Fireflies are off on Monday and then begins a seven-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Lexington Legends. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park.

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