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Fireflies Game Notes: August 17 vs. Rome (Game 121)

August 17, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

Columbia Fireflies (25-29, 49-71) @ Rome Braves (26-28, 56-67)

RHP Daison Acosta (1-2, 3.23) vs. RHP Alan Rangel (9-7, 4.75)

Sat., August 17, 2019 - Segra Park (Columbia, SC) - First Pitch 6:05 p.m. - Game 121

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LAST TIME OUT: The Fireflies won again on Friday, defeating Rome, 6-2. Columbia shattered Dilmer Mejia's 17-inning scoreless streak with five runs in the third, an inning that featured an RBI double from Brian Sharp and a Chase Chambers two-run homer. Alec Kisena picked up another win after hurling five frames and allowing just two runs.

TWICE IS NICE: Friday was Chase Chambers' 21st multi-hit game of the season. He's one of four Fireflies with 20 or more this season:


1. Ronny Mauricio, 30

2. Mark Vientos*, 22 *injured list

3. Chase Chambers, 21

4. Wagner Lagrange^, 20 ^now with Adv-A St. Lucie

It's worth noting, Lagrange needed the fewest games to reach at least 20 (71 games). The outfielder is currently hitting .333 with advanced-A St. Lucie.

CHOPPED: Columbia has now won six straight against the Braves. The Fireflies' .765 winning percentage against Rome is its best winning percentage against any SAL team this year. Columbia's been particularly unfriendly to the Braves at Segra Park where the Fireflies are 9-1 against their Southern Division foe.

CHOPPED, Pt. II: The six straight wins for Columbia is the longest for either team over the other in one single season. Rome did win seven straight against Columbia but that was over the course of two seasons from September 2, 2017-July 24, 2018.

WELCOME TO THE TEAM: Nick Conti made his Fireflies debut on Friday. The 22-year-old from Orlando singled, scored a run and made a terrific diving stop at second base to help retire Rome's Michael Harris in the seventh.

SECOND-HALF HITTER: Outfielder Jose Medina plated another run in Friday's win over Rome. It's been fun to watch the 22-year-old Dominican blossom at the plate in the second half of the season:

- J. Medina (1st half): .185 (20 GP), .470 OPS, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R

- J. Medina (2nd half): .248 (34 GP), .759 OPS, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 17 R

CAN'T STOP THEM: Chase Chambers and Ronny Mauricio have had the most success at the plate against Rome in 2019:

Chambers v. ROM: .338 (14-for-36), 10 GP, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI

Mauricio v. ROM: .313 (20-for-64), 16 GP, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI

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