By Jerry Del Priore
The old adage in baseball for pitchers is: If you throw strikes, then you’ll have a good chance of success.
Fireflies right-hander Luc Rennie accomplished just that in Columbia’s 2-1 win over the GreenJackets (12-18, 49-49) Sunday at Spirit Communications in a South Atlantic League (SAL) game.
The San Diego, California, native threw 71 of his 92 offerings for strikes — a remarkable 77 percent. As a result, Rennie whiffed 14 Augusta batters and permitted zero runs, though he didn’t figure in the decision.
Since the New York Mets signed Rennie, 24, on July 5th, off the independent Evansville Otters of the Fronteir League’s roster, he has posted a 0.83 ERA in 21.2 innings in four games (three starts). Rennie has permitted a run in 14.2 frames.
Outfielder/DH Zach Rheams singled in left fielder Matt Winaker in the bottom of the seventh for a Fireflies’ 1-0 lead.
However, GreenJacket catcher Jeffry Parra tied the contest at 1-1 with a solo blast in the top of the eight inning.
Not to be outdone, though, shortstop Edgardo Fermin plated left fielder Jay Jabs with a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eight frame for Columbia (13-16, 47-49).
Conner O’Neil (W, 4-0) shut down Augusta in order in the top of the ninth to clinch the victory and a series split (two wins a piece).