Columbia Fireflies lose first home series to Greenville Drive

Columbia Fireflies lose first home series to Greenville Drive

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Fireflies lost to the Greenville Drive on Sunday at Spirit Communications Park falling 11-5.

The four game series with Greenville produced 11 combined home runs between the teams. Greenville walked away with three wins and the Fireflies only managed one.

On Sunday, Mitch Gunsolus launched the first two off of Tyler Badmo in the first and third innings. The Drive added one more run in each of those frames to go up 4-0.

With two down and no one on base the Fireflies needed a power surge in the bottom of the third inning. Switch hitter J.C. Rodriguez vaulted a solo slam over the right-field wall to give the Fireflies some momentum and to get the home team on the board.

Greenville not only answered in the fourth, but padded its lead with two more runs. The Fireflies were in a 6-1 hole.

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Later in the bottom of the fourth, Ivan Wilson laced a one-out base hit and moved into scoring position when Natanael Ramos singled. Milton Ramos, no relation, drove in Wilson to cut the deficit to four.

The seventh inning turned into a promising one for the Fireflies when David Thompson doubled down the left-field line off of Austin Glorious with one out, and later came around to score thanks to Joe Tuschak's base knock into the outfield. Thompson is the only player in the South Atlantic League to hit safely in all 11 games this year.

The Fireflies plated two more runs in the eighth but couldn't keep pace with the five Greenville runs that came around to score in the eighth and ninth frames.

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The Fireflies will begin a three-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday night at Spirit Communications Park starting at 7:05 p.m.

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