Fireflies Game Notes: May 12 vs. Rome Braves (Game 35)
Columbia Fireflies (11-23) vs. Rome Braves (15-19)
RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson (0-4, 5.40) vs. RHP Odalvi Javier (0-2, 6.19)
Sun., May 12, 2019 - Segra Park (Columbia, SC) - First Pitch 2:05 p.m. - Game 35
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LAST TIME OUT: The Fireflies defeated the Rome Braves on Saturday night, 6-2, in six innings. The game was shortened due to rain and ruled an official game after it was called following a 45-minute rain delay. Columbia ignited for 4 runs in the third after Chandler Avant cleared the bases with a three-run double. The Fireflies never looked back. Thomas Szapucki & Christian James - who picked up his first win of the season - looked sharp on the slope. The pair scattered three hits and struck out six.
TODAY'S STARTING LINEUP
Here is today's starting lineup for Sunday's game against Rome:
1. Ronny Mauricio, SS Son of Santa Martinez
2. Brian Sharp, 1B Son of Mary Kay Sharp
3. Mark Vientos, 3B Son of Katy Vientos
4. Chase Chambers, DH Son of Lynette Chambers
5. Gerson Molina, CF Son of Yanelis Molina
6. Shervyen Newton, 2B Son of Melanie Newton
7. Juan Uriarte, C Son of Selene Soto
8. Chandler Avant, LF Son of Mendy Avant
9. Yoel Romero Son of Yolimar Rojas-Romero
SP - S. Woods-Richardson Son of Wendy Woods
CHOPPED: The Fireflies are now 5-1 this season against Rome. If the Fireflies win three out of four in the series this weekend, Columbia will have won all three series against the Braves to start the year.
AS LOU BROWN WOULD SAY...: Columbia has won back-to-back games for the first time since April 17-18 (wins against Rome & Hickory).
SCHEDULING NOTE: Columbia's originally scheduled doubleheader against Rome has been moved from Sunday to Monday. The Fireflies and Braves play one nine-inning game on Mother's Day at 2:05 p.m. and then play a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) on Monday beginning at 5:35 p.m.
MOLINA'S MASHING...AGAIN: Fireflies centerfielder Gerson Molina blasted his first homer of the season on Saturday. The 23-year-old Cuban, in his first season in affiliated baseball, is hitting .313 over the first five games of his career. Molina was signed by the Mets in August of 2018 after playing in the Cuban National Series from 2013-17.
FOLLOW THE LAW: Keith Law, senior baseball writer at ESPN, ranked Columbia's roster as the 7th-most "Loaded Roster" in all of Minor League Baseball. Law recognized the fact Columbia's roster includes the Mets' third, fourth and fifth-rated prospects (infielders Ronny Mauricio, Mark Vientos and Shervyen Newton, respectively), New York's past two second-round draft choices (RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson, Vientos) and the system's ninth-rated prospect, left-hander Thomas Szapucki (drafted in the fifth round in 2015). The roster also features 26th (Baseball America) and 27th-rated prospects Chris Viall and Christian James. The prospect rankings are according to MLB.com unless otherwise noted.
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