COLUMBIA, SC - Keaton Aldridge was terrific out of the bullpen for Columbia in a lopsided affair on Friday night. The righty breezed through three scoreless innings and did not allow a baserunner. The Fireflies dropped the second game of this series to the Crawdads, 15-2.
Brandon Brosher crushed his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth. The 22-year-old leads the club in this department among active players on Columbia's (17-30, 59-56) roster.
Hickory (28-20, 55-63) posted three big innings in this game. The Crawdads scored five runs in the second frame, tallied three in the seventh, and six in the eighth. Rangers top prospect Leody Taveras collected three hits and one of them was a two-run triple. Anderson Tejeda was also in the thick of things offensively for the visitors. The 19-year-old smashed a three-run homer in the seventh stanza.
Chase Ingram (L, 1-4) started for the fifth time with the Fireflies this season and left the game due to injury after just two innings. Andres Gimenez was also removed from this contest after he was hit by pitch in the seventh frame.
The Fireflies used four different relievers. Ryder Ryan made his debut with the Mets organization out of the bullpen. The righty lasted two innings and yielded three runs. Ryan was part of a trade that sent Mets outfielder Jay Bruce to Cleveland. Also, for the first time in franchise history, a position player was called upon to pitch on the mound. Fireflies infielder J.J. Franco got the nod and tossed the final 1.1 innings.
The Fireflies clash with the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) in game three of this series on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. LHP Martin Anderson (0-1, 11.05) is scheduled to start for the Fireflies. RHP Edgar Arredondo (5-5, 3.98) will start for the Crawdads.
You can listen to the action on ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 6:45 p.m. You can also watch the game live on MiLB.tv.
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