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Fireflies Game Notes: July 12 at Hagerstown (Game 87)

July 12, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

Columbia Fireflies (9-10, 43-43) @ Hagerstown Suns (6-13, 33-54)

RHP Tony Dibrell (3-4, 3.59) vs. RHP Andrew Lee (2-2, 5.00)

Thurs., July 12, 2018 - Municipal Stadium (Hagerstown, MD) - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 87

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ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia earned its fourth shut-out win of the season, 5-0, over Hagerstown in the series opener Wednesday.

- Dionis Paulino became the third Firefly this year to smash two homers in one game (others - Quinn Brodey & Jeremy Vasquez).

- Nicolas Debora matched his career high with seven innings and also only absorbed three hits.

ROAD MACHINE: Since joining Columbia on June 27, Dionis Paulino holds a sizzling .429 batting average in five road games. He's also crushed four home runs during these contests. The 24-year-old is hitting just .158 in six home games.

LITTLE EXTRA IN HUB CITY: The Fireflies produced seven extra-base hits on Wednesday, which nearly tied a franchise record. Columbia set the team record (8) on June 2, 2017 at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown.

THAT'S QUINN-TASTIC: Outfielder Quinn Brodey has gotten off to a nice start in the month of July. The 22-year-old is hitting .313 (10-for-29) in nine games, by far his best month of the season even despite the small sample size. Brodey has tallied five extra-base hits - including two homers - and nine RBIs. His July average is second best on the team.

PROMOTED: Raphael Gladu is the most-recent Firefly to receive a promotion to the advanced-A St. Lucie Mets. The 23-year-old was involved in several impactful moments with Columbia.

- Went on 28-game on-base streak (May 2-June 9)

- Posted longest hitting streak in club history (23 games)

- Played in 71 games: .275 BA, 13 2B, 25 RBI, 12 SB

BOLD STRATEGY, LET'S SEE IF IT PAYS OFF: The Fireflies lead the league in walks (290) and have struck out (623) the fewest times.

HISTORY NOTE: Willie Mays played his first professional game with the Trenton Giants at Municipal Stadium on June 24, 1950. His number '24' is retired on the right-field wall. Hagerstown's parent club at time was the Boston Braves.

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