Fireflies pour it on in win over R’Dogs

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fireflies pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of four errors in a 13-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday night at Spirit Communications Park.

Trey Amburgey ripped a pair of doubles and went 3 for 4 for the RiverDogs (9-3), who still remained in first place in the Southern Division standings with a three-game cushion over the Fireflies (6-6).

Columbia was in control right from the start, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Vinny Siena in the first inning. The Fireflies tacked on two more in the third on a sacrifice fly by David Thompson and a run-scoring single by Dash Winningham to drive RiverDogs starter Anyelo Gomez from the game.

Gomez (0-1) exited after 22/3 innings of work, allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Columbia added runs in the fifth and sixth to extend their lead to 5-0 before the RiverDogs got a run back in the seventh frame. Amburgey ripped the second of his two doubles to lead off the seventh inning. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Amburgey scored on an infield single by Chris Gittens to make it 5-1.

In the eighth inning, Columbia piled it on, sending 13 batters to the plate en route to an eight-run inning with a pair of RiverDogs errors assisting Charleston’s in-state rival in the merry-go round frame. It was the most runs given up by the RiverDogs in a single inning this season. The 13 total runs were also the most scored against RiverDogs pitching this year.

Charleston committed a season-high four errors in the loss and fell to 3-2 on the season in South Carolina’s version of the Subway Series against the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

The RiverDogs continue the series with the Columbia Fireflies at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night. The RiverDogs will send LHP Josh Rogers (1-1, 2.45 ERA) to the hill, while the Fireflies will counter with RHP Chase Ingram (1-0, 1.80).