By Jerry Del Priore
With each passing start, Columbia pitcher David Peterson continues to make a strong case for excellence. The 22-year-old lefty allowed just one run while whiffing 10 batters in the Fireflies’ 2-1, 10-inning walk-off victory over the Augusta Greenjackets (35-25) Saturday night at Spirits Commutation Park in a South Atlantic League (SAL) game.
In addition, Peterson (1-4, 1.82 ERA) did not surrender a single run in his outing. Over the former Brooklyn Cyclone’s last 31.2 innings on the bump, he has not issued one free pass.
The southpaw’s eight-inning performance was the longest outing by a Columbia (30-29) hurler this season.
The New York Mets 2017 first round draft pick displayed an amazing command of the strike zone, tossing 95 pitches, with 70 of them going for strikes.
Centerfielder Quinn Brodey drew a 10-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to give Columbia the win. Catcher Ali Sanchez drove in a run with a double in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Trey Cobb (W, 2-0) was also impressive out of the bullpen. The righty pitched the final two frames, did not permit a run, and recorded two strikeouts.
Right fielder Raphael Gladu extended his incredible hitting streak to 23 games with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning.