Fireflies and GreenJackets Suspended in Fifth Due to Rain
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - Sunday's game between the GreenJackets and Fireflies has been suspended due to rain. Columbia held a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when heavy rain started to fall which stopped action. Because the contest was not through five full frames, it does not act as a completed regulation game (page 49 in Media Guide). These two teams will pick up this game on August 31st at SRP Park and also play a regularly scheduled nine-inning affair the same day.
Chris Viall tossed four scoreless innings and struck out four batters on the mound for the Fireflies. The righty threw 74 pitches and his final pitch, a ball to Logan Baldwin, was the first and only one thrown in the bottom of the fifth before rain forced a suspended game.
Columbia plated its two runs in the top of the first inning. Hansel Moreno reached first on a dropped third strike and then advanced to third after catcher Rob Calabrese airmailed the throw down the first-base line. Before the second batter in the frame (Matt Winaker) saw a pitch, Augusta starter Garrett Cave balked and Moreno scored. Winaker resumed his at-bat and doubled. Scott Manea knocked in Winaker with a double of his own. The visitors took an early 2-0 advantage.
The Fireflies return home on Monday night at Spirit Communications Park. First pitch against the West Virginia Power is at 7:05 p.m. and you can listen to the action on FOX SPORTS Radio 1400 AM or online at columbiafireflies.com. The game is also available to watch live on MiLB.tv. LHP Jake Simon (0-4, 2.82) starts for Columbia and faces southpaw Domingo Robles (7-6, 3.23).
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