Friday, June 30, 2006

Catfish Earn Split With Charleston

In a game that took nearly four hours, the Columbus Catfish edged the Charleston Riverdogs 8-7 last night, earning a split in the four-game series.

All the Catfish but one collected one or more hits. The attack was led by SS Ivan De Jesus, who was 3-four-4 with a run scored.

2B Travis Denker hit his second home run of the season to start the Catfish scoring in the second and temporarily tie the game. 3B Russ Mitchell helped the Catfish retake the lead in the third with a 2-run single. After the Riverdogs (Yankees) tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but the Catfish took the lead again in the fourth on DH Adam Godwin's RBI double. Again tied in the fifth, LF Lucas May singled in a run to retake the lead, which held to the seventh inning.

In the top of the seventh, the Catfish extended the lead when CF Bridger Hunt drove in May with a sacafice fly. After Charleston tied the game in the bottom of that frame, the Catfish took the lead for good in the top of the ninth on RF Sergio Pedroza's two-run single. Charleston nearly tied the game with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Riverdogs 2B Reegie Coron hit an RBI double to left field, but May got the ball to the 1B David Sutherland who relayed to C Juan Apodaca, who tagged PR Mario Holmann, who was trying to score from first, ending the game.

Matthew Gomez de Segura picked up his second win, and the May-Sutherland-Apodaca putout in the ninth helped Ramon Troncoso pick up his 6th save.

Tonight, the Catfish open a 5-games-in-4-days series with the Savannah Sand Gnats (Nationals).

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