COLUMBIA, SC - The Fireflies were blanked, 9-0, in the finale to Asheville on Sunday afternoon. Columbia still won the series, though, three games to one. This is the second straight series win after the Fireflies took two out of three from Hagerstown earlier this week.
Asheville's (32-28, 59-70) Lucas Gilbreath (W, 7-8) turned in another fine outing against Columbia (26-32, 60-65). The lefty spun five shut-out innings. Gilbreath has not surrendered a run in 20.1 innings this season against the Fireflies.
Rigoberto Terrazas and Carlos Sanchez logged the only two hits on Sunday. The Fireflies fell behind in the early frames after Asheville ignited for seven runs in the fourth. That inning was highlighted by Todd Czinege's two-run homer - his sixth over the last 10 games. Taylor Snyder bashed the Tourists' second dinger in the sixth. Another score in the seventh had the visitors ahead, 9-0.
Reliever Aaron Ford was the bright spot out of the bullpen for Columbia. The southpaw struck out three in his only inning of work in the ninth.
Columbia begins a four-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday at 7:05 ET. The Fireflies trot righty Nicolas Debora (3-3, 2.95) out to the mound. He's scheduled to face RiverDogs right-hander Shawn Semple (0-0, 0.00).
You can watch the action on MiLB.TV or listen in on FOX Sports Radio 1400 AM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the iHeartRadio app starting at 6:45 p.m.
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