Fireflies hammered by Shorebirds, again

One night after surrendering seven runs in a loss, the Columbia Fireflies were battered again by the Delmarava Shorebirds, losing 9-4 on Wednesday at Spirit Communications Park.

Delmarva blew open the game with eight runs in the top of the second inning. The Shorebirds added another in the third, chasing Fireflies starting pitcher Gaby Almonte (1-3).

It was an ugly line for Almonte, who allowed nine runs, all earned, on 11 hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

Columbia got six scoreless innings of reliever from Johnny Magliozzi, Seth Davis and Nico Blank, but the damage had been done.

Dash Winningham was Columbia’s most productive batter, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Joe Tuschak added a solo home run for the Fireflies, who mounted a four-run rally in the fourth inning, but were in too deep of a hole to escape.

The teams will complete the series tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Prior to the game, the Fireflies made several roster moves. Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski and pitcher Alex Palsha were promoted to Advanced-A Port St. Lucie while outfielder Tucker Tharp and pitchers Jimmy Duff and Andrew Church were sent down to Columbia.

Kaczmarski was hitting .268 with two homers and 28 RBI. Palsha was 2-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 14 saves.