Fireflies Game Notes: July 31 vs. West Virginia (Game 104)
Columbia Fireflies (15-21, 49-54) vs. West Virginia Power (16-20, 53-49)
RHP Tony Dibrell (4-5, 3.17) vs. RHP Hunter Stratton (4-4, 5.05)
Tues., July 31, 2018 - Spirit Communications Park - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 104
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ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia dropped the series opener to West Virginia on Monday, 6-1. Starter Nicolas Debora provided the silver lining in the defeat: the right-hander spun six strong innings, allowed just one run and scattered four hits. Debora's home ERA now sits at 2.27.
CONSISTENCY: Righty Tony Dibrell starts his 18th game of the season on Tuesday vs. West Virginia. If his 3.67 ERA in the first half of the season wasn't enough, Dibrell has posted a 2.55 ERA in six second-half outings.
CONSISTENCY, Pt. II: Dibrell has also walked fewer batters in the second half of the season. In 11 first-half starts, the 22-year-old's walk rate was 4.8 per nine innings. Now it sits at 2.5 per nine innings.
TWICE IS NICE: Scott Manea, Edgardo Fermin and Matt Winaker have made great strides at the plate in 2018. This trio leads all current Fireflies in multi-hit games:
1. Scott Manea, 18
2. Matt Winaker, 17
3. Edgardo Fermin, 17
UP THE MIDDLE: Edgardo Fermin's natural position is shortstop. The 20-year-old has also been tested in centerfield, though, and on Tuesday starts his 15th game of the season in center.
LIL FONZIE: Edgardo Alfonzo's nephew, Gio, is in the midst of one of his best stretches at the plate this season. The 25-year-old is on an eight-game hitting streak after collecting a single on Monday. He holds a .357 batting average during this span (10-for-28). Alfonzo has been the ultimate utility player as well, playing six different positions this season.
AROUND THE BASES: Hansel Moreno produced the first inside-the-park home run in franchise history on Saturday. The 21-year-old also became the first to do it at SRP Park in North Augusta, SC.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Andres Gimenez, a 19-year-old, is currently the youngest player at the Double-A level. The 2017 Firefly has played in seven games so far with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. The Mets top prospect collected eight hits over his last four games.
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