Sanchez Records First Three-Hit Game of the Season

Press Release:

COLUMBIA, SC – Catcher Carlos Sanchez finally introduced himself to the city of Columbia. In just his fourth start as a Firefly, the 22-year-old tallied a season-high three hits and knocked in a run. The Fireflies fell to the Greenville Drive, though, on Thursday, 4-2.

Thursday was just the second home start for Sanchez, too. The catcher drove in the run in the second inning and then proceeded to single in his next three at-bats. Sanchez’s RBI groundout in the second plated Quinn Brodey (who had tripled), but the run only slice into a Greenville (7-8, 32-52) lead. The Drive had scored two opening-inning runs, including Tanner Nishioka’s lead-off homer.

The visitors pulled ahead 3-1 in the fourth. Samuel Miranda doubled with two outs and scored on another Nishioka hit. This time the designated hitter’s single scored a run. The Drive jumped ahead 4-1 with a sixth-inning score.

Columbia (7-7, 41-40) answered back in the home half of the sixth. The second triple of the night this time jolted off of Blake Tiberi’sbat. With two outs, Jeremy Vasquez launched a line drive back up the middle and plated his 39th run of the year. That would be the final piece of offense for either squads on Thursday.

Kutter Crawford (W, 3-4) pitched into the seventh against the Fireflies and struck out six while walking just one. Tony Dibrell (L, 3-4) was dealt the loss even despite gutting through five frames. Josh Payne, Luc Rennie and Conner O’Neil combined for four scoreless innings out of Columbia’s bullpen.


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