Debora Mutes West Virginia; Righty Spins Six Dazzling Frames out of the Bullpen
COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia was trailing West Virginia by four runs when right-hander Nicolas Debora took the mound in the fourth inning on Monday. Six frames later, Debora had silenced a hot offense. The reliever allowed just one earned run over six innings but he and his team still lost the series opener to the Power, 6-1.
Debora spun another dandy at home. The Dominican owns a 2.27 ERA at Spirit Communications Park over 11 outings (31.2 innings). On Monday, Debora struck out four and scattered just four hits.
Columbia (15-21, 49-54) trailed West Virginia (16-20, 53-49), 5-1, when the reliever took the mound, though, and did not muster any other offense the rest of the evening. Nevertheless, Gio Alfonzo did extend his hit streak to eight games with a seventh-inning single.
Top 1 - Raul Hernandez drives in a pair with a double ... Robbie Glendinning singles home Hernandez. WV 3, COL 0
Bottom 1 - Scott Manea's sac fly scores Edgardo Fermin. WV 3, COL 1
Top 2 - Oneil Cruz homers (13). WV 4, COL 1
Top 3 - Hernandez homers (1). WV 5, COL 1
Top 4 - Lolo Sanchez sacrifice fly scores Kyle Watson from third. WV 6, COL 1
Columbia battles West Virginia once again on Tuesday at 7:05 ET. The expected starters are righty Tony Dibrell (4-5, 3.17) for Fireflies and right-hander Hunter Stratton (4-4, 5.05) for the Power.
You can watch the action on MiLB.TV or listen in on FOX Sports Radio 1400 AM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 6:45 p.m.
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