By Jerry Del Priore
Righty Harol Gonzalez (6-7, 4.17 ERA) pitched a gem Monday night versus the Kannapolis Intimidators, whiffing a season-high nine hitters en route to a Columbia Fireflies’ 2-1 victory at Spirit Communications Park.
It was Gonzalez’s team-leading sixth win of the season after logging eight innings of one-run ball while only permitting five hits.
Fireflies’ closer Adonis Uceta picked up his 11th save of the season (second in the South Atlantic League) with a scoreless ninth inning.
Monday night’s performance was the ninth consecutive start in which Gonzalez lasted six frames or longer.
Minor League Transactions:
Columbia placed right-handed pitcher Thomas Mcllraith on its disabled list, while St Lucie activated righty pitcher Chase Ingram and transferred him to the Fireflies Monday.
Plus, Columbia positioned outfielder Gene Cone on its DL, and lefty hurler Placido Torres made the jump from the Gulf Coast Mets (rookie) to the Fireflies Monday.
Don’t Look Now: St. Lucie outfielder and former NFL signal caller Tim Tebow is off to a hot start since the Mets called him up to Advanced-A ball last month. Tebow is batting .308 with three home runs (including a wall-off), 12 RBI, three doubles, a triple and seven walks in 65 at-bats in 20 games.
Tebow is hitting .240 with six dingers, 35 RBI, 31 bases-on-balls and 17 two-base knocks in 279 at-bats in 84 tilts for the 2017 season.