Fireflies Game Notes: June 13 vs. Lexington (Game 63)
Columbia Fireflies (24-38) vs. Lexington Legends (33-32)
RHP Colin Holderman (3-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Jonathan Bowlan (5-2, 3.06)
Thurs., June 13, 2019 - Segra Park (Columbia, SC) - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 63
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LAST TIME OUT: Columbia and Asheville were tied much of the night on Wednesday at Segra Park. The Tourists scored three times in the 10th, though, and defeated the Fireflies in the series finale, 6-4. It was the third extra-inning game of the season for the Fireflies (1-2). Chase Chambers wound up with a pair of hits on the night and knocked in two.
WHO'S HOT?: Hansel Moreno (.291) and Ronny Mauricio (.286) are Columbia's top two hitters. The duo has performed notably well at the plate as of late:
SINCE MAY 28
Mauricio (9 GP) - .359 (14-for-39), 4 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K
Moreno (8 GP) - .300 (9-for-30), 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K
The two are both switch-hitters and typically hit one-two at the top of Pedro Lopez's lineup card.
MAURICIO MAGIC: Fireflies shortstop Ronny Mauricio was named a South Atlantic League All-Star on June 4. Mauricio is eighth in the league with 64 hits, but he is the only teenager who appears in the top 10 (and that's qualified hitters, too). The second-rated Mets prospect only strikes out 19% of the time which is good for 18th in the SAL. It's worth pointing out, he's the youngest player in the league to appear that high up on the list.
WHO DO YOU STAND UP FOR?: It's Stand Up to Cancer Night at Segra Park on Thursday. The Fireflies will be wearing specialty jerseys that will then be auctioned off to fans with proceeds benefitting Stand Up to Cancer. Fans can bid on the jerseys until the sixth inning.
THROWIN' SMOKE: Right-hander Tylor Megill certainly did so on Wednesday. The reliver punched out five of the six batters he faced. In total, Columbia struck out 11 batters. That's now 64 Ks for the Fireflies staff over the last six games.
THE OTHER GUYS: Lexington visits Columbia for the final series in the first half. The Royals farm club is a game and a half out of first place in the Southern Division, trailing both Augusta and Charleston. The defending league champs have five South Atlantic League All-Stars on their roster: pitchers Jonathan Bowlan, Austin Cox and Jon Heasley, centerfielder Michael Gigliotti and designated hitter, Chase Vallot. Legends skipper Brooks Conrad will manage the Southern Division squad. There are five Kansas City Royals prospects on the Legends roster:
13. OF, Michael Gigliotti 23. INF, Jeison Guzman
19. RHP, Yohanse Morel 29. RHP Jonathan Bowlan
21. LHP Austin Cox
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