Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Catfish Return Home With Win

From the Columbus Catfish:

Locke Drives Catfish Past RiverDogs, 5-3
Bases loaded triple keys Columbus win

Columbus, GA ... The Columbus Catfish (22-23) and Charleston RiverDogs (26-19) struggled to move base runners Tuesday but a bases loaded triple by LF Drew Locke made the difference in a 5-3 Catfish win. Locke remained hot with a 3-for-5 night. In the last eight games he is hitting .472 (17/36) with 13 RBI.

After the first two Charleston runs in the top of the third inning Columbus got one run back with a 1B Jason Mooneyham single that scored RF Sergio Pedroza. The Catfish tied the game in the fifth inning when CF Lucas May singled to drive in DH David Sutherland.

The 'Fish started a two-out rally in the sixth inning with a single by Pedroza. 3B Russ Mitchell followed with a double, advancing Pedroza to third base. Mooneyham loaded the bases with a walk. Locke then split the 2-2 tie with a triple to deep center field that scored all three runners for a 5-2 Columbus lead.

Charleston made things interesting in the ninth inning. With two hits and two walks they scored a run to make it 5-3 and put the tying run in scoring position. However 1B Tony Roth flied out to center field to end the game and RHP Francisco Felix picked up a tough fourth save.

Columbus starter RHP James McDonald lasted 5 2/3 innings. He gave up just two runs despite allowing five hits and issuing five walks. RHP Jordan Pratt (2-2) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings in relief. He gave up two hits and four walks but escaped unscathed. Catfish pitchers allowed nine hits and a season-high 11 walks but held the RiverDogs to just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Game two of the four-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs will begin Wednesday at 7:00pm at Golden Park. LHP Marlon Arias (4-3, 4.14) will start for Columbus against RHP Rolando Japa (2-5, 4.04). For tickets or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit ColumbusCatfish.com.

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