By Jerry Del Priore
Columbia Fireflies pitcher David Peterson continued to impress in 2018. The left-handed 2017 New York Mets first round selection permitted just one earned run and whiffed seven hitters over seven innings, but Columbia fell to the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees), 2-1, Sunday at Joe Riley Park in South Atlantic league action.
Although Peterson, a former Brooklyn Cyclone, is 1-2 this season, his 1.91 ERA is something to marvel. In fact, the University of Oregon product has allowed just two earned runs in his last four starts over 26 innings.
Of note, Peterson’s control was impeccable, as he did not walk a batter on Sunday for the first time in his six starts this year.
Edgardo Fermin drove in the game’s first run, and the Fireflies’ lone, with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth frame.
Charleston (19-23) drew even in the bottom of the sixth when a run scored on a Columbia error. The following inning, infielder Dermis Garcia belted a solo homer that gave the RiverDogs a 2-1 advantage.
That’s how the scored stayed for the rest of the tilt, as the Fireflies (22-20) failed to mount any real offense the remainder of the game.