Humphreys, Gonzalez Lead Fireflies’ Pitching Staff

By Jerry Del Priore

Columbia starter Merandy Gonzalez is 6-1 with the Fireflies.

Starting pitchers Merandy Gonzalez and Jordan Humphreys have been enjoying tremendous seasons for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies (New York Mets) of the South Atlantic League thus far.

Gonzalez tossed six innings of two-run ball, surrendering six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Lexington Legends (Kansas City Royals) at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The 21-year-old righty and former Brooklyn Cyclone picked up his sixth victory of the year and for the sixth time in eight starts this campaign, he completed six innings. After his sparking performance, Gonzalez (6-1) now sports an impressive 1.75 ERA.

Humphreys (7-1, 1.57 ERA), another ex-Cyclone, went the distance against the Charleston RiverDogs, recording 10 whiffs in Columbia’s 3-0 win in the first of two Wednesday at Spirit Communication Park.

The right-handed soon-to-be 21-year-old helped the Fireflies register their seventh shut-out victory of the year.

Columbia dropped the second game of the day, 10-5, in a five-inning, rain-shorten affair.



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