Fireflies Roster Move and Game Notes: June 29 vs. Hickory (Game 76)
Please note the following New York Mets minor league transactions:
- RHP Jose Moreno transferred to Columbia's injured list
- RHP Nelson Leon transferred to Columbia from Brooklyn
Columbia Fireflies (5-4, 29-46) vs. Hickory Crawdads (7-2, 48-27)
RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson (1-7, 5.17) vs. RHP Hans Crouse (2-0, 3.10)
Sat., June 29, 2019 - Segra Park (Columbia, SC) - First Pitch 6:05 p.m. - Game 76
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LAST TIME OUT: Columbia nearly no-hit Hickory on Friday. The Fireflies carried a no-hitter into the ninth and eventually defeated the Crawdads, 4-0. Thomas Szapucki (4 IP, 0 H, 1 BB) and Tylor Megill (4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) combined for 8.1 no-hit innings before Jonathan Ornelas doubled with one out in the ninth. Billy Oxford came out of the bullpen and retired the final two batters after the hit. It was the first one-hit shutout of the season.
NEAR NO-NO: Columbia nearly did something that had only happened once before in franchise history. The Fireflies no-hit the Charleston RiverDogs on April 9, 2016, which, ironically enough, was the franchise's first win. That evening, Thomas McIlraith (6 IP), Alex Palsha (2 IP) and Johnny Magliozzi (1 IP) combined to no-hit the RiverDogs at Joe Riley Park.
JUST ONE: Friday was the second one-hitter in franchise history and the first since July 16, 2016. That night, Andrew Church threw a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Rome Braves (also a 4-0 win).
SENGER SURGE: Catcher Hayden Senger had his seven-game hit streak snapped on Friday night. The catcher is still hitting .483 average (14-for-29) since the all-star break. He has six doubles, two homers and eight RBI in eight second-half games. His .483 average in the second half is the second-best in the SAL.
SENGER SURGE, Pt. II: Senger tallied 5 straight multi-hit games (in 5 straight days, no less) from June 22-26. He's the only Firefly this year to do that.
THE NEWARK EAGLES: As part of Columbia's Negro League Celebration weekend at Segra Park, the Fireflies will wear Newark Eagles jersey, paying homage to the Negro League team that played from 1936-1948 in Newark, New Jersey. The Crawdads will wear Chattanooga Choo Choos jerseys as well on Saturday and Sunday.
JERSEY RETIREMENT: One famous Eagle was Larry Doby. The Fireflies will honor and retire Doby's jersey as well as Jackie Robinson and Frank Robinson's on Saturday. The three jerseys will be unveiled at Segra Park just beyond the centerfield wall. Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball with the Dodgers in 1947 while Doby, a Camden, South Carolina native, became the first to play in the American League (signing with the Indians in July of 1947). Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in MLB history, played for the minor league Columbia Reds in 1954 and 1955 before making his major league debut the following year. All three are members of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame.
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