Thanks to missed opportunities in the fifth and seventh innings, the Columbia Fireflies (6-6) fell 8-5 to the Charleston RiverDogs (7-5) on Sunday night at Segra Park to split the series.
The Columbia bats were able to set up opportunities to score but the Fireflies couldn’t come up with timely hits to capitalize off of them, leaving 25 runners on base. One instance came in the fifth after the Fireflies scored a run and had the bases loaded with one out.
However, catcher Felix Familia grounded into a double play to end the Columbia threat. The Fireflies had another opportunity to break open the ball game in the seventh with two runners on with one out.
This scoring opportunity was also stalled by the RiverDogs with a strikeout and a pop-out, ending the inning.
Columbia’s pitching also had struggles in the early going as right-hander Anderson Paulino allowed six hits and six runs through the first two innings to give Charleston a 5-run lead.
However, while the Fireflies’ pitching had trouble for most of the night, righty Ismael Aquino shined in his 2.2 innings on the mound. The 22-year-old prospect allowed no hits and struck out six batters to keep his early-season ERA at a low 0.00.
Outfielder Brady McConnell impressed on the field as well as he went 3-for-5 at the plate while driving in an RBI. Along with McConnell, outfielder Juan Carlos Negret dazzled going 2-for-4 and notching three RBIs.
Statlines for top Royals prospects:
- No. 20 Kale Emshoff, DH: 0-for-4, RBI, BB, SO, .310/.355/.517
- No. 22 Maikei Garcia, SS: 1-for-2, 3 BB, .314/.457/.371
- No. 36 Delvin Capellan, P: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
The Fireflies will hit the road starting Tuesday as they will face the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers for a six-game series. The Cannon Ballers (1-11) are coming off a series loss to Fayetteville after taking just one of six from the Woodpeckers.
First pitch for Tuesday night’s game is set for 7 p.m. and can be streamed on MiLB.TV.