Fireflies Game Notes: May 9 at Charleston (Game 32)
Columbia Fireflies (9-22) @ Charleston RiverDogs (18-14)
RHP Willy Taveras (2-3, 3.90) vs. RHP Daniel Bies (2-1, 4.07)
Thurs., May 9, 2019 - Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (Charleston, SC) - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 32
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LAST TIME OUT: Columbia opened up its three-game series against Charleston with a 7-1 loss on Wednesday.
MOLINA'S MASHING, Pt. I: Gerson Molina started again for Columbia in centerfield on Wednesday. The 23-year-old tallied two more hits at the plate and finished 2-for-3 with a double. Molina has posted back-to-back two-hit games in his first two outings as a professional.
MOLINA'S MASHING, Pt. I: Molina is now 4-for-7 at the dish in his first two games, but that's not all. The Cuban has put the ball into play all seven at-bats. He's yet to strike out or walk.
YOU AGAIN: The Fireflies returned to Charleston, South Carolina, to begin a three-game series against the RiverDogs on Wednesday. Columbia recently faced the Yankees' SAL affiliate from April 25-28. This makes back-to-back road series for Columbia in Charleston.
NO-NO: Former Fireflies Harol Gonzalez (2017) and Ryder Ryan (2017) combined to throw a no-hitter on Wednesday for the double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Gonzalez (6.2 IP, 0 H, 6 K) and Ryan (2.1 IP, 0 H, 2 K) blanked the Harrisburg Senators and allowed just two walks.
THE OTHER GUYS: Charleston enters Thursday's game with an 18-14 record and is in first place in the Southern Division. The RiverDogs have seven Yankees prospects on their roster, according to MLB.com:
10. RHP Roansy Contreras 17. RHP Matt Sauer
13. RHP Luis Gil 25. OF Josh Stowers
14. RHP Luis Medina 29. RHP Tanner Myatt
15. C Josh Breaux
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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