COLUMBIA, SC - Hickory got the best of Columbia in the series opener at Spirit Communications Park on Thursday night. The Fireflies tallied just three hits and fell, 5-0. After spending nearly three months on the disabled list, Colin Holderman returned to the mound in Columbia. The right-hander lasted 4.1 innings and struck out a pair of Crawdads hitters.
Thursday was Pink Night and the Fireflies wore special jerseys for breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off to fans with proceeds going to the Palmetto Health Foundation Breast Center. The Fireflies raised an astounding $6,230 on Thursday.
Holderman (L, 1-3) allowed just one run over his first four innings of work. Leody Taveras walked with one out in the third. He scored two batters later when Alex Kowalczyk doubled.
Kowalczyk helped the visitors out to a 3-0 lead two frames later. First, Eric Jenkins singled and swiped second base. Blaine Prescott drove in his teammate with a base hit. It was Kowalczyk who later plated Prescott with a sharp single into the outfield. Cam Griffin relieved Holderman and Columbia's (59-55) righty soon retired the side.
Griffin hurled a scoreless six and remained unblemished until Chuck LeBlanc strolled to the plate the next inning. His base hit scored Andretty Cordero who had reached earlier in the frame on an error.
Hickory (54-63) added one more score in the ninth to stretch its lead to 5-0. Crawdads reliever Christian Torres (W, 3-2) tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just one hit.
Columbia continues its series with Hickory on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Chase Ingram (1-3, 2.95) starts for the Fireflies and faces Crawdads righty A.J. Alexy (0-0, 2.25)
You can watch the action on MiLB.tv starting at 7:00 p.m. or listen in on ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and on the TuneIn app starting at 6:45 p.m.
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