WATCH: Tourists Beat Fireflies in Series Finale
COLUMBIA, SC (Fireflies) – Columbia and Asheville played another tight one on Sunday night, but the home team fell in the series finale, 4-1, to the Tourists. J.C. Rodriguez, Tucker Tharp and Eudor Garcia each stroked a double for the Fireflies.
Joe Shaw (L, 5-8) pitched well for Columbia (12-23, 48-57). The Texan went seven strong innings to match his career-high and struck out five batters. The righty allowed all three of his runs over the first three frames.
Asheville (17-18, 51-53) plated the game’s first run in rare form in the second inning. Yonathan Daza led off with a double and moved to third base via a sacrifice bunt. Then, with Daza sprinting towards home, Max George squared his hands, laid down a bunt and executed the suicide squeeze. Daza scored to give the visitors the lead.
In the top of the third frame, the Tourists added two more. Carlos Herrera singled and moved all the way down to third base after a passed ball and a wild pitch. Brendan Rodgers worked a walk to put runners at the corners. One batter later – and with Daza at the dish – Herrera and Rodgers pulled off a double steal. Herrera scored, while Rodgers advanced to second base. Soon, Jones stepped to the plate and used a base knock to bring Rodgers home. Asheville was out in front, 3-0.
Columbia grabbed its lone run in the bottom half of the third inning. Rodriguez punched a single off of Peter Lambert (W, 5-8) down the right-field line to score Tyler Moore.
Asheville pushed across an insurance run in the top of the eighth thanks to another run-scoring single from Jones.
Alexander Guillen (S, 8) notched his eighth save of the season for the Tourists with a scoreless ninth inning.
Not to be forgotten, Patrick Mazeika picked up another two-hit game. Columbia’s catcher out of Stetson University finished 7-for-14 in the series with a home run and a double.
Columbia hits the road and heads to Augusta on Monday for a three-game series. Manager Jose Leger hands the ball to right-hander Chase Ingram (5-9, 4.90) for game one of the set. Ingram faces GreenJackets righty Michael Connolly (8-4, 2.66). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
You can listen to the action on WGCV 620 AM and 96.3 FM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 7:00 p.m.