Sunday, May 21, 2006

Catfish Win Big Saturday, Shut Down Sunday

The Columbus Catfish bats came alive Saturday night as they beat Savannah for the second straight day, but the bats fell silent Sunday as the winning streak ended at two games.

Saturday's win, from the Columbus Catfish:
Catfish Bats Catch Fire And Defeat Sand Gnats 14-6
All Columbus hitters crossed the plate and had one hit in victory

The Columbus Catfish (20-22) get a win for the second night in a row against the Savannah Sand Gnats (15-27) behind strong hitting which coincided with a strong performance by starter LHP Brent Leach (3-2,3.23) who went 5.1 innings pitched allowing five hits and only two runs in the win.

The Catfish started on a high not in the top of the first inning when LF Andrew Locke tripled to right center with the bases loaded making the score 3-0. CF Lucas May would knock in Locke with a double down the left field line and would later score on a C Juan Apodaca single through the hole in second base to make the score 5-0 going into the bottom frame.

The Sand Gnats would respond with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first and the bottom of the third making the game close, 5-2. Fast forward to the top of the fifth where RF Sergio Pedroza singled up the middle with the bases loaded scoring two to make the game 7-2. The runs would keep coming as next batter 3B Russ Mitchell would hit a 3-run home run to left field highlighting the inning an making the score 10-2 in favor of the Catfish.

After Columbus put up 4 more runs in the 8th and 9th inning, the Savannah rally would fall short in the 9th inning scoring only four runs and ending the game with a 14-6 score.
Sunday was a different story, though, as the Catfish got a single in each of the first two innings, but failed to get a hit the rest of the way. The only baserunner from the third inning on was Brandon Carter, who reached on a passed ball after striking out. Sand Gnat pitchers set down the next 21 batters to squelch any chance the Catfish had.

Starter Mario Alvarez allowed an unearned run in the second inning when Savannah 1B Tim Pahuta scored on Catfish 3B Russ Mitchell's throwing error. The Sand Gnats scored two more runs in the 6th inning off of Alvarez and three more in the 7th off reliever Arismendy Castillo to bring the score to 6-0, and that's how it remained.

The final game of the series is Monday night in Savannah, then the Catfish return home for a four-game homestand against the Charleston Riverdogs.

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