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Fireflies Game Notes: July 27 at Augusta (Game 101)

July 27, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

Columbia Fireflies (14-19, 48-52) @ Augusta GreenJackets (13-21, 50-52)

RHP Marcel Renteria (2-1, 4.89) vs. LHP Caleb Baragar (0-1, 4.33)

Fri., July 27, 2018 - SRP Park (No. Augusta, SC) - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 101

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ABOUT LAST GAME: The Fireflies dropped the series finale 14-5 to the Braves on Thursday at State Mutual Stadium. Matt Winaker and Zach Rheams had excellent games at the plate.

- Winaker: 3-4, 3 R, 2B

*Fourth career three-hit game*

- Rheams: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI

*Career high three RBIs*

INTERSTATE 20 RIVALRY: Columbia and Augusta have met 18 times this season. Nine of these battles have been decided by two runs or less. Amongst the current roster, Hansel Moreno has the highest batting average (.317) against the GreenJackets.

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.

RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Edgardo Alfonzo's nephew, Gio, has had a great week at the plate for the Fireflies. The 25-year-old is on a five-game hitting streak. Alfonzo has been the ultimate utility player as well. He's been placed at six different positions throughout the season.

GOOD FORMULA: Columbia's offense is tied for the most walks (319) and has struck out the fewest times (725) in the South Atlantic League.

TRANSITIONING WELL: Since earning a promotion, Ali Sanchez is off to a strong start with the St. Lucie Mets. The former Firefly holds a .298 batting average through 17 games. The 21-year-old is currently the 26th rated Mets prospect according to MLB.com.

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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