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Columbia Fireflies game notes 4.20 in Charleston

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April 20, 2024 – Carolina League (CarL)
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The Fireflies kick off their weekend tonight with a 6:05 matchup with the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. Southpaw Hunter Patteson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the nod for Columbia and Charleston counters with RHP Owen Wild (0-0, 3.24 ERA).

The Fireflies return home on April 23 for a six-game set with the Augusta GreenJackets at Segra Park. The first Carolina Grits game is Friday, April 26 at Segra Park. We’re celebrating with a Grits bobble spoon giveaway. Buy your tickets at ColumbiaFireflies.com.

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BULLPEN STYMIES LATE RALLY, FIREFLIES WIN 3-2: The Fireflies kept Charleston off the board until the ninth inning as they beat the Charleston RiverDogs 3-2 on Friday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park to even their series in two games. piece going into the weekend. Felix Arronde (W, 2-0) continued his stellar start to the 2024 season. The right-hander didn’t allow a single until the fourth inning and left the game after five innings, allowing a single and one walk while retiring four batters. This season, Arronde has allowed one run over 14 innings while retiring 14 opposing batters. He has allowed eight baserunners down the stretch (0.67 WHIP).

YOU CAN COUNT ON CHARLES: After a slow start to the 2024 season, Austin Charles has put himself back on top among the rest of the Carolina League Leaders. The Fireflies third baseman is on a nine-game hitting streak that started on April 10. During the run, he is 13-31 (.419) at the plate with one homer and an incredible 12 RBI. His streak has the fifth-most RBI in the circuit this season, but Charles is with 14, just two behind leader Brandon Pimentel in Fredericksburg. His hitting streak is tied for the longest hitting streak in the Carolina League.

BOSACKER QUALITY: Ethan Bosacker yesterday became the first Fireflies pitcher to get a quality start during the 2024 season. The righty has gotten a tremendous boost this year. After five scoreless frames out of the bullpen in his first outing of the year at Segra Park, he pitched six innings yesterday, allowing one hit (a home run) while striking out seven. He is tied for the team lead with 12 punchouts and has an ERA of 0.81 this year.

MARVELOUS MITCHELL: The Fireflies backstop has been riding a hot streak, fueled by patience at the plate. He is currently tied for the second-longest on-base streak in the Carolina League, an 11-game stretch that began on April 6. On the run, he is 11-40 (.275) with a whopping 15 walks that have given him the lead. base percentage to .482.

BLISTERING BULLPEN: Despite giving up the lead late Tuesday afternoon, the Fireflies bullpen is a walking standout so far for the 2024 season. The pen is 4-4 through its first 55.1 innings of work and has 65 punchouts while running to the tune of a 2.60 ERA. To put that in perspective, the Fireflies have a 3.34 ERA this season as a whole, which is good for the fifth-best Single-A ERA. The highest score in the Carolina League belongs to the Augusta GreenJackets, who as a team have a 2.89 ERA. In other words, if you can get the game to the Fireflies bullpen with a lead, you’ll be in good hands this year.

MARGIN OF VICTORY: It’s wild to think about, but if the Fireflies have lost, they haven’t lost much. The club is 8-5 this season and of those five losses, four were by one point, two of which came in overtime. Their fifth loss also came in overtime, but it came via a pair of points. This season, the Fireflies have the highest point differential in the Carolina League as they have outscored their opponents by 32 points in their first 13 games.

I’M COMING HOME: This year the Fireflies are coming off a 3-4 record at Segra Park, but the team was hot at home, winning five of six games in friendly boundaries.

LUCKY 8: The Fireflies have outscored their opponents 15-1 through the eighth inning of their games this season.

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