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Delmarva Takes Marathon Opener in Columbia

August 10, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

COLUMBIA, SC - Friday night at Spirit Communications Park featured quite the offensive battle between Columbia and Delmarva. It was the visiting club, though, that bested the Fireflies, 9-7, in the series opener. The game featured 16 runs and 19 hits.

Columbia (52-61) battled back from a once five-run deficit. The Fireflies entered the bottom of the fifth trailing 7-2, but left the frame down just two. That was after Hansel Moreno tattooed a Luis Perez (W, 3-2) pitch halfway up the center-field wall with the bases loaded. Moreno's double cleared the bases and the home team was within two.

Later on in the seventh - and this time down three runs - the Fireflies tallied a pair of runs. Outfielder David Miranda not only drove in a run with a double, but he later scored on a balk. This proved to be the closest Columbia would get to Delmarva (58-55) on Friday night. Miranda finished with a pair of hits.

Both Matt Winaker (9) and Zach Rheams (3) went yard on Friday. Winaker now leads the team with nine blasts and extended his on-base streak to 21 straight games in the process.


TOP 1 - Zach Jarrett goes yard over the left-field wall. DEL 1, COL 0

BOTTOM 1 - Matt Winaker smashes his team-best ninth homer of the year. COL 1, DEL 1

BOTTOM 4 - Zach Rheams drills a solo home run, his third of the season. COL 2, DEL 1

TOP 5 - Mason McCoy singles in a run ... Cadyn Grenier walks with the bases loaded ... Jarrett clears the bases with a triple ... Jarrett scores on Ryan Ripken's base hit. DEL 7, COL 2

BOTTOM 5 - Hansel Moreno crushes a three-run double off the center-field wall. DEL 7, COL 5

TOP 7 - Bases full for the Shorebirds, Trevor Craport knocks in a run with a single. DEL 8, COL 5

BOTTOM 7 - David Miranda doubles in Carlos Sanchez (who also doubled) ... Miranda moves to third on a ground out and scores on a balk by reliever Diogenes Almengo. DEL 8, COL 7

TOP 9 - Craport's base hit scores Seamus Curran. DEL 9, COL 7

The series now rolls into the weekend. Columbia and Delmarva start game two on Saturday at 6:05 ET at Spirit Communications Park. Righty Luc Rennie (2-1, 1.93) starts for the Fireflies and faces Shorebirds lefty Cameron Bishop (8-5, 2.90).

You can watch the action on MiLB.TV or listen in on FOX Sports Radio 1400 AM, and the iHeartRadio app starting at 5:45 p.m.

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