The Columbus Catfish opened their four-game series at Kannapolis, beating the Intimidators 12-7 tonight.
Joining the Catfish for the game were three new players. Well, two new players and a familiar face. Brandon Carter, who was with the Catfish briefly in 2004 before getting hurt, then played last season in Columbus, was added to the roster today. Newcomers (to Columbus) 1B Jason Mooneyham and IF Shane Justis also joined the team. Making room, IF Juan Rivera, Jesus Soto and Eduardo Perez were sent to extended spring training.
Before the season started, I found Brandon listed on the roster of another team, one in the Washington Nationals organization. But, for whatever reason, either that report was wrong, or something else happened that has him back in the Dodgers organization. Whatever the reason, it will be good to see him back in a Catfish uniform.
Tonight, the Catfish jumped out to an early lead, scoring four in the first, and expanding it to 7-0 after 2 ½, and never allowing Kannapolis to get closer than four runs the rest of the way, and winding on top 12-7 by game's end.
The win brings the Catfish to 6 ½ behind Rome. Kannapolis has won only a single game at home in 13 tries. The series continues Sunday with the second game of the four-game series.