By Jerry Del Priore
The Fireflies (56-63, NYM) banged out 13 hits, including three home runs, that paced them to a 14-6 victory over the Hagerstown Suns (48-71, Wash.) Saturday night at Municipal Stadium in a South Atlantic League (SAL) game.
Columbia’s big shot came off the bat of left fielder Zach Rheams, a grand slam that traveled approximately 439 feet, in the sixth inning.
Matt Winaker , a former Brooklyn Cyclone, blasted a three-run shot in the opening inning to start the offensive festivities for the Fireflies. The homer was Winaker’s 12th of the year – a team-best – and his sixth over the last 11 games.
Ex-Cyclone outfielder Jay Jabs closed out the home-run assault with a two-run dinger in the top of the seventh inning. Jabs finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles, the homer and three RBI.
In addition to Rheams and Jabs, Scott Manea (3-for-6, double) and Dionis Paulino (2-for-4, 2 RBI) posted multi-hit tilts.
Starter Luc Rennie (W, 3-2) tossed seven effective innings while allowing four earned run and picked up his third win of the season for the Fireflies.
Rennie sits with a 2.76 ERA after the Mets signed him off the roster of the independent Evansville Otters of the Frontier League on July 5.