Walk-Off Winner Caps Special Night at Segra Park
COLUMBIA, SC – Omar Hernandez stroked a single to right to score Erick Peña as the Fireflies won in walk-off fashion 3-2 in the 10th at Segra Park Thursday night. Hernandez’s walk-off single was his second walk-off hit of the season, the fifth of his career for the Fireflies. He
COLUMBIA, SC – Omar Hernandez stroked a single to right to score Erick Peña as the Fireflies won in walk-off fashion 3-2 in the 10th at Segra Park Thursday night.
Hernandez’s walk-off single was his second walk-off hit of the season, the fifth of his career for the Fireflies. He came up in the 10th with Erick Peña at second and two outs.
Eduardo Herrera (W, 3-0) shut the door for Columbia, stranding the placed runner at second in the 10th and spinning a scoreless ninth to earn his third victory of the season. He piggy-backed off Samuel Valerio, who also tossed a pair of scoreless innings after a quality start from Frank Mozzicato, who fanned nine in six frames for Columbia. He leads the Carolina League with 64 punchouts.
The Fireflies were down 2-0 in the bottom of the third when they announced their 1,500,000th fan thorugh the gates of Segra Park for a Fireflies game, and that’s when the comeback started.
Columbia was able to start their rally in the fourth inning. Omar Hernandez slapped a lead-off single to allow Daniel Vazquez an opportunity at the plate. Columbia’s shortstop smoked a triple to right-center, scoring Hernandez and cutting Charleston’s lead to one. The next inning, Erick Peña catapulted his sixth homer of the season to the right field berm to tie the game.
The RiverDogs started the scoring in the top of the first. Xavier Isaac set the table with a one out double before Dominic Keegan smashed his fourth homer of the season to the right field berm, giving the visiting team a 2-0 advantage.
Columbia continues their series with the RiverDogs tomorrow night at 7:05 pm at Segra Park. The Fireflies send RHP Shane Panzini (1-3, 3.06 ERA) to the hill and Charleston counters with RHP Jonny Cuevas (1-3, 7.31 ERA).
Tomorrow is the start of Copa de la Diversíon Weekend presented by Southern Recipe Small Batch pork rinds. We’ll kick-off the weekend with a fun giveaway. The first 1,000 fans through the gates tomorrow will receive a Chiccarones Soccer Scarf giveaway courtesy of Southern Recipe Small batch. Tickets are still available at FirefliesTickets.com.