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Taylor strikes out 7, Columbia falls one run short

Tim Tebow signs autographs for fans.
Tim Tebow signs autographs for fans. online@thestate.com

Columbia starter Blake Taylor impressed again in his start Monday, but the Fireflies dropped the series opener to the Rome Braves, 3-2. The visitors had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with two outs in the top of the ninth, but came up just short.

Taylor (0-2) allowed two runs in the third and fourth innings but was solid the rest of the way. The southpaw has now posted back-to-back seven-strikeout outings.

It was Cristian Pache and Randy Ventura who drove in the first two Rome (9-3) runs with singles. The Fireflies cut the deficit in half in the fifth.

Tim Tebow grounded an Adam McCreery (1-0) pitch sharply to the shortstop Derian Cruz. He bobbled and Tebow reached on the error. The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback moved to second after Jose Medina’s single and later scooted to third. Tebow scored moments later when Braves’ third baseman Juan Yepez committed a throwing error.

Rome retook a two-run lead with a score in the bottom of the eighth, but Columbia (7-5) mounted another rally in the ninth.

The inning started with three consecutive singles – the last of which off Jay Jabs’ bat plated Medina. Tebow tallied one of those three hits and wound up at third base with just one out after Ali Sanchez’s successful sacrifice bunt.

Braves’ reliever Brandon White retired the next two hitters, though, to end the game.

Jabs had a productive day at the plate with a pair of singles, a walk and the ninth-inning RBI.

Columbia and Rome meet again at State Mutual Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbia

ab

r

h

rbi

bb

k

Lindsay cf

4

0

1

0

1

2

Carpio 2b

3

0

1

0

1

1

Paez ss

3

0

0

0

1

1

Winningham 1b

4

0

0

0

0

0

Medina rf

4

1

1

0

0

1

Tebow lf

4

1

1

0

0

1

Jabs dh

3

0

2

1

1

0

Sanchez c

3

0

0

0

0

1

Ramos 3b

4

0

0

0

0

1

TOTALS

32

2

6

1

4

8

Rome

ab

r

h

rbi

bb

k

Seymour lf

4

1

1

0

0

1

Cruz ss

4

0

1

0

0

1

Pache cf

4

0

1

1

0

1

Yepez 3b

3

0

1

0

1

1

Mooney pr-3b

0

1

0

0

0

0

Concepcion 1b

1

0

0

0

3

1

Murphy dh

4

1

2

0

0

0

Herbert c

3

0

0

0

1

2

Ventura rf

4

0

1

1

0

2

Josephina 2b

3

0

2

0

0

1

TOTALS

30

3

9

2

5

10

Columbia

000

010

001

2

Augusta

001

100

01X

3

E — Cruz, Yepez. DP — 2 (Cruz-Josephina, K-Concepcion, A-2).

Columbia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Taylor (L, 0-2)

6

7

2

2

3

7

Blackham

2

2

1

1

2

3

Rome

IP

H

1

ER

BB

SO

Wilson

4 2/3

1

1

0

2

3

McCreery (W, 1-0)

2 1/3

0

0

0

2

3

White

2

5

1

1

0

2

Umpires — HP: Darrell Roberts. 1B: Mark Bass. T — 6:59. A — 5,105.

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