Fireflies Top Power 4-2, Conlon Wins 8th
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Fireflies) — P.J. Conlon and the Fireflies took down the Power in game two of the series, 4-2, Friday night at Spirit Communications Park – rising above .500 in the process. The left-handed ace picked up his league-best eighth win of the season. Only two other pitchers in Minor League Baseball have more wins than the Placentia, California, native.
The Columbia (31-30) offense hit the ground running in the home half of the first inning. Vinny Sienascorched a lead-off triple down the right-field line to begin the frame. His right-hand man Kevin Kaczmarski singled him home to put the Fireflies ahead.
Per usual, Conlon (W, 8-1) quickly settled in on the hill. The South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week (May 30-June 5) didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings.
Conlon’s counterpart, West Virginia (30-30) righty Mitch Keller (L, 4-4), failed to slow down the top of the order again in the third frame. After Siena stroked a single, Kaczmarski walked. The duo set the table for David Thompson. The South Atlantic League’s RBI leader clobbered the baseball to the left-center field gap to score his speedy teammates. Thompson has now plated 47 runs during the 2016 campaign.
With Columbia on top, 3-0, in the fifth, Kaczmarski’s track meet was just getting started. The Evansville product roped a one-out triple to the corner in right field. Kaczmarski proceeded to score on a wild pitch. The Fireflies outfielder reached base safely in all four of his at-bats and made a diving catch in the ninth inning to cap off his terrific night.
The Power cut into the four-run deficit in the seventh frame. West Virginia used four base knocks to score two runs. Conlon’s night was finished after 6.2 innings pitched. He registered zero walks and struck out four hitters. With the tying runs on base, Craig Missigman punched out Logan Ratledge to end the inning.
Missigman registered a clean eighth inning. Alex Palsha (S, 9) came on for the ninth and recorded a one-two-three inning.
Columbia and West Virginia do it again on Saturday night. A fresh addition to the Fireflies roster, right-hander Gaby Almonte (2015: 6-7, 3.78) takes the ball for manager Jose Leger. Almonte, a 2015 New York-Penn League All-Star, faces West Virginia righty Dario Agrazal (3-4, 4.00).
You can watch the action on MiLB.TV starting at 7:00 p.m. or listen in on WGCV 620 AM, 105.1 and 96.3 FM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 6:45 p.m.