Fireflies Host Intimidators in Saturday Night Contest

Columbia Fireflies (13-9) vs. Kannapolis Intimidators (8-14)

RHP Tyler Badamo (1-1, 5.09) vs. RHP Zach Thompson (0-2, 6.23)

Saturday, April 30, 2016 — Spirit Communications Park — First Pitch 7:05 p.m. — Game 23

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ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia used two big innings to cruise past Kannapolis, 9-2, on Friday night. The Fireflies scored four in the second and padded their lead with three in the seventh. Vicente Lupo recorded two hits and drove in 3.

RUN, FIREFLIES, RUN: Columbia has featured one of the most potent offenses in all of Minor League Baseball as April comes to a close. Here are the MiLB teams that have scored the most runs this season:

  1. High Desert, 135 (High-A, Rangers)
  2. Fort Wayne, 128 (Low-A, Padres)
  3. Lynchburg, 128 (High-A, Indians)
  4. Rancho Cucacumga, 128 (High-A, Dodgers)
  5. COLUMBIA, 126  

TEAM LEADERS: Here’s who is leading the club in these statistical categories:

AVG: Vinny Siena, .362

HRs: Jeff Diehl, 3

RBIs: David Thompson, 27 (best in baseball)

OPS: Vinny Siena, 1.031 (4th in the SAL)

SOs (starters): Chase Ingram, 28

SOs (relievers): Alex Palsha, 19

ROSTER MOVE: Tucker Tharp was placed on the Disabled List on Friday. The outfielder is recovering from multiple facial fractures he suffered on Thursday. Enmanuel Zabala was added to the roster. The 21-year-old led the GCL Mets in batting average (.301) in 2014.

THE OTHER GUYS: While the Fireflies have scored the most runs in the South Atlantic League, the Intimidators have scored the fewest (82) in the league. Kannapolis’ pitching staff has also walked the most batters (97) in the SAL.

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