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Fireflies Game Notes: August 9 vs. Greenville (Game 112)

August 9, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

Columbia Fireflies (18-26, 52-59) vs. Greenville Drive (25-21, 50-65)

RHP Marcel Renteria (3-1, 3.81) vs. LHP Angel Padron (3-5, 4.42)

Thurs., August 9, 2018 - Spirit Communications Park - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 112

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ABOUT LAST GAME: The Fireflies dropped Wednesday's game to Greenville, 7-1. Hansel Moreno slashed a pair of hits including a double.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: The Fireflies must defeat Greenville on Thursday to win the series. Columbia started the season 5-0 against the Drive, including a three-game sweep at Fluor Field from April 16-18. Greenville later swept Columbia at Spirit Communications Park from July 4-6.

STREAKIN': Matt Winaker smacked a single off of Drive righty Eduard Bazardo on Wed. and stretched his on-base streak to 19 straight games.

STREAKIN' Pt. II: The 22-year-old joins a lengthy list of Fireflies who have posted on-base streaks of 15 games or longer this season:


1. Jeremy Vasquez, 29* April 5-May 6

2. Raphael Gladu, 28 May 2-June 9

3. Matt Winaker, 19 July 19-pres

4. Blake Tiberi, 17 June 13-July 6

5. Scott Manea, 16 April 21-May 12

*franchise and 2018 SAL record

DIVISION RIVALS: Thursday is the 12th meeting this season between COL and GVL. Among current players on the roster, Hansel Moreno and Pedro Castellanos have had the most success at the plate in the series and coincidentally enough, each had terrific nights at the dish on Wednesday:

- Moreno: 2-for-4, double, run

- Castellanos: 4-for-4, two-run home run, 2 RBI, 2 runs



H. Moreno: .368 (6 GP), 2 2B, 3B P. Castellanos: .400 (6 GP), 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI

LEAGUE LEADERS: Columbia pitchers struck out 9 more batters on Tuesday. The Fireflies pitching staff has struck out 1,039 hitters this season, second only to Lakewood (1,071) in the South Atlantic League. Columbia hurlers fan nearly 10 batters per game.

THE GAMES OF THE III INTERN OLYMPIAD: After a heated night of competition, broadcast intern Sam Hyman won the 3rd annual Intern Olympics.

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