Moreno Homers But Columbia's Win Streak Snapped
COLUMBIA, SC - The Fireflies and Drive battled in a tightly-contested game on Wednesday afternoon. Greenville scored a late run and defeated the home team, 4-3. Hansel Moreno hit his second home run as a Firefly in 2019; his first-inning dinger was his second in a week.
It was another successful Reading Program Day at Segra Park - hosting the largest crowd of the season (6,603). The Reading Program, presented by Prisma Health Children's Hospital, rewards area student for accomplishing reading goals during the school year.
Columbia (18-28) fought valiantly for two runs in the home half of the seventh inning to tie the score at 3-3. Trailing by a run, Brian Sharp ripped a base hit that plated Shervyen Newton (who had just driven in his own run moments earlier). Greenville, (18-27), answered with a run in the top of the eighth and did not relinquish the lead.
Columbia's pitchers punched out nine on Wednesday - five for starter Simeon Woods-Richardson, three for Alec Kisena and one for Ezequiel Zabaleta (L, 1-1). Greenville reliever Yorvin Pantoja (W, 3-2) picked up the win after he tossed 2.1 effective innings of work.
Bottom 1: Hansel Moreno hit a solo home run down the right-field line. COL 1, GVL 0
Top 4: Tristan Casas grounds out to first, plates Devlin Granberg from third ... Kole Cottam scores a run with a single, Jordan Wren scores. GVL 2, COL 1
Top 5: Devlin Granberg knocks in Tyler Esplin with a single to the outfield. GVL 3, COL 1
Bottom 7: Shervyen Newton (double) and Brian Sharp (single) rip run-scoring hits to tie things up. COL 3, GVL 3
Top 8: Cottam's sacrifice fly into center scores Casas from third. GVL 4, COL 3
The series continues on Thursday at 7:05 ET. Right-hander Jose Butto (0-5, 5.21) is expected to take the mound for the Fireflies to face Drive righty Bryan Bello (1-3, 8.38). Thursday's game is a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday™, featuring half-price draft beer and fountain drinks; it's also A Night of Fire and Ice at Segra Park. You can watch the action at MiLB.tv.
• Discuss this story on the South Atlantic League message board...
South Atlantic League Stories from May 22, 2019
- Suns Offense Stifled in 2-1 Loss - Hagerstown Suns
- Stowers Smacks Two Homers as Charleston's Slide Continues in Asheville - Charleston RiverDogs
- Two-Out Hitting Powers Tourists to Fourth Straight Home Win - Asheville Tourists
- Bats Do Just Enough as Kannapolis Pitching Shuts Down Hagerstown - Kannapolis Cannon Ballers
- GreenJackets Win, Pull Within a 1/2 Game of 1st Place - Augusta GreenJackets
- Kelenic Homers in 17-7 Blowout Loss - Charleston Dirty Birds
- Aparicio Stays Hot in 8-3 Loss to Legends - Hickory Crawdads
- Torres Knock Wins Wild One for 'Birds - Delmarva Shorebirds
- Moreno Homers But Columbia's Win Streak Snapped - Columbia Fireflies
- Game Notes (May 22) - Charleston Dirty Birds
- Morales Fans 10 But Birds Walk-Off with 2-1 Win on Wednesday - Jersey Shore BlueClaws
- Hagerstown Suns Game Notes - Hagerstown Suns
- RiverDogs Return for Memorial Day Weekend, Honoring Military as Part of Four Days at the Joe - Charleston RiverDogs
- "Cover Your Bases" Sun Safety Initiative Gets Underway this Memorial Day - Hagerstown Suns
- Bill on Baseball: No Dramatics, But Hoppers Find a Way - Greensboro Grasshoppers
- Fireflies Game Notes - May 22 vs. Greenville (Game 46) - Columbia Fireflies
- Braves Outlast GreenJackets 7-5 in Opener - Rome Braves
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Columbia Fireflies Stories
- Battle at BullStreet Returns to Segra Park in 2022
- Fireflies Announce 2022 Game Times and Promotional Highlights
- Registration Open for Second Mason's Jingle Jog
- Segra Park to Open Back up as a Public Park Today
- Mason's Monster Mash Coming to Segra Park October 28