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Conlon continues perfect season as Fireflies top Braves

Fireflies starting pitcher P.J. Conlon delivers a pitch at Spirit Communications Park.
Fireflies starting pitcher P.J. Conlon delivers a pitch at Spirit Communications Park. gmelendez@thestate.com

Pitcher P.J. Conlon continued his excellent season, tossing six-plus shutout innings in Columbia’s 3-1 win over Rome Tuesday.

Conlon improved to 6-0 on the season, lowering his ERA to 1.04 after limiting the Braves to two hits and two walks and no runs in 6 2/3 innings of work, where he recorded seven strikeouts. He outdueled Rome starter Mike Soroka (1-4), who was touched for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Spirit Communications Park.

The Fireflies (20-18) started that frame with back-to-back singles by Jose Garcia and Vicente Lupo, with both moving into scoring position on Vinny Siena’s sac bunt. Garcia scored on J.C. Rodriguez’s ground out that sent Lupo to third, where he trotted home from following David Thompson’s triple. Dash Winningham followed with an RBI double.

Tyler Bashlor replaced Conlon in the seventh, and was removed for Alex Palsha an inning later, escaping a no out, bases-loaded jam by allowing only one inherited runner to score. Palsha worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Columbia and Rome will close out the three-game series on Wednesday with an 11:05 a.m. start.

Rome ab

r

h

bi

Columbia ab

r

h

bi

Didder cf

3

1

1

0

Siena 2b

3

0

0

0

Dykstra 2b

3

0

1

0

Rodriguez ss

4

0

0

1

Riley 3b

3

0

0

0

Thompson 3b

3

1

1

1

Morales c

2

0

0

1

Winningham 1b

3

0

1

1

Yepez 1b

4

0

0

0

Diehl dh

3

0

0

0

Herbert dh

4

0

1

0

Tuschak rf

3

0

0

0

Baez lf

3

0

0

0

Wilson cf

3

0

1

0

Keller rf

3

0

0

0

Garcia c

3

1

1

0

Salazar ss

3

0

0

0

Lupo lf

3

1

1

0

Totals 28

1

3

1

Totals 28

3

5

3

Rome

010

000

010

1

Columbia

100

003

000

3

DP—Columbia 1. LOB—Rome 6, Columbia 2. 2B—Winningham. 3B—Thompson. SB—Ellison. CS—Lupo.

Rome

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Sorokoa L, 1-4

6

5

3

3

0

4

Geekie

1

0

0

0

0

3

Lewis

1

0

0

0

0

1

Columbia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Conlon W, 6-0

6 2/3

2

0

0

2

7

Bashlor

 2/3

1

1

1

2

1

Palsha S, 5

1 2/3

0

0

0

0

2

WP—Bashlor. HBP: Dykstra (by Conlon). Umpires—Home: Jason Johnson; First: Jose Navas. T—2:28. A—2,455.

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