Fireflies Game Notes: July 26 at Rome (Game 100)
Columbia Fireflies (14-18, 48-51) @ Rome Braves (15-18, 55-47)
RHP Zac Grotz (1-3, 5.94) vs. LHP Hayden Deal (5-1, 1.86)
Thurs., July 26, 2018 - State Mutual Stadium (Rome, GA) - First Pitch 7:00 p.m. - Game 100
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ABOUT LAST GAME: Gio Alfonzo smacked two doubles in Columbia's 7-2 loss to Rome on Wednesday at State Mutual Stadium. Tony Dibrell lasted six innings on the mound in his 17th start of the season (5 H, 2 R, 4 K). The righty has absorbed two runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 outings.
ADJUSTMENT: Edgardo Fermin has played 72 games at shortstop this season. However, recently, the 20-year-old has shifted to centerfield. He's only played 11 total games in CF, but three of these have come over his last three games.
STRIKEOUT LEADERBOARD: Tony Dibrell continues to creep closer to the single-season strikeout record in Fireflies history.
1. RHP Joe Shaw (2016) - 134 K
2. RHP Chase Ingram (2016) - 134 K
3. LHP Kevin Canelon (2016) - 119 K
4. RHP Tony Dibrell (2018) - 110 K
GOOD ROOTS: Edgardo Alfonzo's nephew, Gio, has had a great week at the plate for the Fireflies. The 25-year-old is on a four-game hitting streak. Alfonzo has been the ultimate utility player as well. He's been placed at six different positions throughout the season. Alfonzo has committed just three errors since May 15 (30 games).
SUPER SCOTT: Catcher Scott Manea has put together a splendid month of July:
- 20 GP: .288 BA, .420 OBP, 9 R, 8 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 11 BB
His July batting average is the highest on the team and the catcher started in 16 straight games up until game two of Tuesday's doubleheader.
GOOD FORMULA: Columbia's offense has drawn the most walks (318) and has struck out the fewest times (714) in the South Atlantic League.
YOUNG AND SKILLED: Mets top prospect and former Firefly Andres Gimenez was promoted to Double-A Binghamton Monday. The 19-year-old is now the second-youngest player at the Double-A level (Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the youngest). Gimenez left Advanced-A St. Lucie tied for the league-lead with 28 stolen bases. He also hit .282 in 86 games with the Mets.
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