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Three Bases Loaded Walks Lead to Columbia Win

Fireflies regain lead with two outs in the eighth
August 13, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies used three bases loaded walks to bolster their offense to a 4-3 win over Myrtle Beach Saturday night at TicketReturn.com Field. Columbia has now won three consecutive games and can take the series with a win tomorrow. Carter Jensen led the eighth off with his

Avila Dominant in 1-0 Loss to Pelicans

Righty spins seven scoreless as offense can’t come through in opener
August 9, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies wasted an incredible performance from starter Luinder Avila as they fell 1-0 to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field. Luinder Avila turned in the most dominant start of the season for any Fireflies pitcher. The righty tossed a career-best seven innings while

Fireflies Fall Behind in Extras in 6-3 Loss

Team pushed Charleston to the ropes, but couldn’t churn out win
August 5, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies gave up three runs in the 10th as they dropped their fifth-straight game 6-3 to the Charleston RiverDogs Friday night at Segra Park. Luis Barroso (L, 3-6) gave up a lead-off single to Julio Meza in the 10th to set the table. Shane Sasaki bounced

Fireflies Back in First Following 3-2 Win

Columbia rallies behind six scoreless from Kudrna in win
July 30, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies rallied behind six scoreless innings from starter Ben Kudrna, as they outdueled Kannapolis 3-2 at Atrium Health Ballpark Saturday night. Kudrna (W, 2-4) collected his first quality start of his career, fanning six hitters in as many innings, while allowing four hits and two walks,

Peña Blast Helps Fireflies Even Up Series

Bats come alive as bullpen shuts down Kannapolis
July 27, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies used a blast and five scoreless innings from the pen to upend Kannapolis 8-3 Wednesday afternoon at Atrium Health Ballpark. Columbia (15-10) took the lead in the fourth off the bat of Erick Peña, who clipped his second homer of the series to score River

Town Ties Franchise Record in Extras Loss

Fireflies score four in ninth, fall in 10th
July 14, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies stormed back, scoring four runs to take the lead in the ninth, before falling 5-4 in 10 innings to the Down East Wood Ducks Thursday night at Grainger Stadium. In the first inning, River Town drew a two-out walk in the first frame to extend

Fireflies Drop Opener in Down East 6-4

Bullpen allows five runs in the last two innings in loss
July 12, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies bullpen couldn’t hold off a Down East Wood Ducks rally as Columbia fell 6-4 at Grainger Stadium Tuesday evening. The Wood Ducks rallied from behind to jump in front by three runs once the Fireflies bullpen entered the game. In the eighth inning, a fielding

Pitching Falters in 15-2 Loss to GreenJackets

Fireflies use five pitchers in Wednesday contest
June 8, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies pitching staff couldn’t quite figure out the Augusta GreenJackets, as Columbia lost 15-2 Wednesday night at Segra Park. Starter Luinder Avila (L, 3-5) was chased from the game in a hurry. After lasting four or more innings in each of his last eight starts, the

Fireflies Lose in Walk-Off Fashion

Columbia is 1-1 in two extra-inning games this week
May 28, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies played their longest game of the season, and lost 3-2 in 11 innings to the Lynchburg Hillcats Saturday night at Bank of the James Stadium. Luis Barroso (L, 1-2) only faced one batter before earning the loss. Victor Planchart lined a ball into right

Panzini, Arias Cage ‘Cats in 2-1 Victory

Fireflies pitching staff helps end eight-game losing streak
May 25, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies pitching staff shut down the Lynchburg Hillcats in a 2-1 extra innings victory at Bank of the James Stadium Wednesday night. After Carter Jensen was placed on second in the top of the 10th inning, Rubendy Jaquez reached on a throwing error from pitcher

Late Rally Falls Short in 6-5 Loss

Four-run eighth not enough to finish off the Pelicans
May 20, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies scored five unanswered runs to close out the game, but weren’t able to take home the victory, falling 6-5 to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Thursday night at Segra Park. The Fireflies (11-25) made things interesting after they got to the bullpen. Luis Devers (W, 3-3)

Garcia’s Immaculate Inning Propels Fireflies to Victory

Garcia’s sixth inning feat the second Fireflies immaculate inning in Augusta
May 14, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – After Heribert Garcia was able to work the first immaculate inning of his career in the sixth, the Fireflies put up four runs to win 5-3 over the Augusta GreenJackets Saturday evening at SRP Park. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Fireflies reliever Heribert Garcia (W,

Fireflies Stunned 10-1 on Princess Knight

Columbia allows 10 unanswered runs to close out Saturday’s contest
April 23, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies didn’t have an answer for the Down East Wood Ducks on Princess Knight, as the Wood Ducks scored 10 unanswered runs beginning in the second in a 10-1 loss at Segra Park Saturday. After the second, it was all Wood Ducks (7-7). The Fireflies’

Pena’s Fireworks Send Fans Home Happy

Royals’ 12th-ranked prospect hits walk-off blast in Opening Game
April 8, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – Outfielder Erick Peña smashed a walk-off three-run homer beyond the right field fence to send Fireflies fans home happy in a 7-6 win over the Augusta GreenJackets Friday night at Segra Park. The walk-off homer was the Fireflies first walk-off hit since Darryl Collins’ walk-off grand slam

State of the System: Kansas City Royals

Kowar, Lynch look to follow lead of fellow hurlers Singer, Bubic
October 28, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. Much was made of the previous generation