Fireflies Game Notes: August 8 vs. Greenville (Game 111)
Columbia Fireflies (18-25, 52-58) vs. Greenville Drive (24-21, 49-65)
RHP Zac Grotz (1-4, 5.89) vs. RHP Eduard Bazardo (5-3, 2.36 - SS Lowell)
Wed., August 8, 2018 - Spirit Communications Park - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 111
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ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia opened up its series against Greenville with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday night. Tony Dibrell logged 5.2 solid innings, struck out six and did not walk anyone. The Mets prospect now owns a 2.49 ERA in eight second-half starts and his strikeout to walk ratio has improved from 2:1 in the first half to nearly 5:1 in the second half.
POWER SURGE: Matt Winaker bashed a double on Tuesday and also drove in a run. The Alamo, California, native has now recorded an extra-base hit in five straight games (four doubles and two homers).
STREAKIN': Winaker stretched his on-base streak to 18 straight games with that double on Tuesday.
STREAKIN' Pt. II: The 22-year-old joins a lengthy list of Fireflies that have posted on-base streaks of 15 games or longer this season:
LONGEST ON-BASE STREAKS, 2018 FIREFLIES:
1. Jeremy Vasquez, 29* April 5-May 6
2. Raphael Gladu, 28 May 2-June 9
3. Matt Winaker, 18 July 19-pres
4. Blake Tiberi, 17 June 13-July 6
5. Scott Manea, 16 April 21-May 12
*franchise and 2018 SAL record
GOIN' BACK-TO-BACK: Jose Brizuela singled twice on Tuesday which followed his two-hit (rather, two-homer) performance on Sunday in Asheville. This was the fourth time this season Brizuela posted back-to-back multi-hit games. The first three occasions occurred while he was playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
DIVISION RIVALS: Wednesday is the 11th meeting this season between Columbia and Greenville. Among current players on the roster, Hansel Moreno and Pedro Castellanos have had the most success at the plate in the series:
H. Moreno: .333 (5 G), 2B, 3B P. Castellanos: .286 (5 GP), 2 2B, 3 RBI
LEAGUE LEADERS: Columbia pitchers struck out 12 more batters on Tuesday. The Fireflies pitching staff has struck out 1,030 hitters this season, second only to Lakewood (1,062) in the South Atlantic League. Columbia hurlers fan nearly 10 batters per game.
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