Rome, GA – A day after joining the team, right-hander Nabil Crismatt struck out seven batters in his debut as a Firefly. Despite his best efforts, Columbia fell, 2-0, at State Mutual Stadium. Crismatt went 6.2 innings on Saturday night and at one point retired 12 straight batters.
Crismatt (L, 0-1) arrived in Rome just 24 hours before his start. A moment after retiring his 12th consecutive hitter in the fifth inning, Carlos Castro singled. The next batter, Jared James – who was also making his Rome (22-20, 51-61) debut – homered over the right-field wall giving the home team the lead.
Columbia (15-27, 51-61) had the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth, but Corbin Clouse (S, 1) retired Tucker Tharp to end the game. Braves starter Mike Soroka (W, 5-9) was solid during his five innings of work on the hill.
The loss was the first for the Fireflies as the road team at State Mutual Stadium. They were 8-0 before Saturday's loss.
Columbia has taken two of the first three of the road series and can win the four-game set with a victory on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Right-hander Raul Jacobson (0-1, 14.73) starts for the Fireflies and faces righty Touki Toussaint (3-8, 4.50).
You can listen to the action on WGCV 620 AM and 96.3 FM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 1:45 p.m.