Fireflies Roster Move and Game Notes: August 22 at Hickory (Game 125)
Please note the following New York Mets minor league transactions:
- C Hayden Senger will begin serving a two-day league suspension
- C Zak Whalin transferred to Columbia from advanced-rookie Kingsport
- RHP Bryce Hutchinson transferred to Columbia's injured list
Columbia Fireflies (26-32, 50-74) @ Hickory Crawdads (34-23, 75-48)
RHP Jose Butto (4-9, 3.57) vs. RHP Cole Winn (3-4, 5.17)
Thurs., August 22, 2019 - L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, NC) - First Pitch 7:00 p.m. - Game 125
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LAST TIME OUT: The Fireflies erased a four-run deficit on Wednesday, rallied for two ninth-inning runs and knocked off the Crawdads, 6-5, at L.P. Frans Stadium. The come-back effort was one of the most courageous all season as the Fireflies tied the largest come-from-behind win of the year. Brian Sharp had a clutch two-out pinch-hit single in the ninth, Hayden Senger scored on a wild pitch and Gerson Molina knocked in the go-ahead run (Sharp) with a base hit past Crawdads first baseman Tyreque Reed. Danny Hrbek then shut Hickory down in the home ninth to clinch the victory.
WHAT A COMEBACK: Wednesday was the second time this season Columbia erased a four-run deficit to win. On June 24 in Asheville, the Fireflies rallied, a bit more dramatically, for six runs in the ninth to down the Tourists, 8-6. The Fireflies found themselves down 5-1 in the sixth inning on Wednesday before they started the comeback against Hickory.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?: The Fireflies now have a chance to win the series with a victory over Hickory on Thursday.
ON A ROLL: Jose Medina posted his third straight multi-hit game after finishing 2-for-4 at the plate on Wednesday. The outfielder has now hit safely in six straight games and is hitting .324 (12-for-37) over his last 10.
SECOND-HALF HITTER: It's been fun to watch the 22-year-old Dominican, Jose Medina, blossom at the plate in the second half of the season:
- J. Medina (1st half): .185 (20 GP), .470 OPS, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R
- J. Medina (2nd half): .271 (38 GP), .792 OPS, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 19 R
AGAINST HICKORY: Take a look at which Fireflies have played well against the Crawdads this season:
- Hayden Senger: .341 (15-for-44), 13 GP, 6 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI
- Shervyen Newton: .317 (13-for-41), 11 GP, 2 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI
- Walter Rasquin: .310 (9-for-29), 7 GP, 3 RBI
THE ACE: Right-hander Jose Butto makes his 23rd start of the season on Thursday against Hickory. Since May 28, the 21-year-old owns a 2.39 ERA over his last 14 appearances. Butto faced Hickory once before this year on July 6. He allowed just two runs in five innings of work.
TRICKLE DOWN: The Fireflies wasn't the only team to show its resiliency on Wednesday. Columbia's parent club, the Mets, overcame a deficit in the 10th and walked off against the Indians at Citi Field while the advanced-rookie Kingsport Mets rallied from eight down to beat Greeneville, 16-12.
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