Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Catfish Roll Seven Again

The Columbus Catfish put seven runs up for the second night in a row, beating the Savannah Sand Gnats 7-1 tonight.

The Catfish were led by Sergio Pedroza and Lucas May, both going 3-for-4 with a home run. May had three RBIs and scored three times and a triple, while Pedroza knocked in two, scored once, and had a double.

The Catfish scored once in each of the first three innings, then put across three in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Another run in the sixth made it 7-0, before Savannah scored an unearned run in the seventh.

Mario Alvarez pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five, and picked up his fourth win of the season.

Wednesday night, it's the third game of the series with Savannah.

In other Catfish news, four representatives were named to the South Atlantic League All-Star game. From the Columbus Catfish:

Rosters for the 2006 South Atlantic League All-Star Game were announced Tuesday, with four representatives of the Columbus Catfish. The Southern Division roster will include Catfish Manager Travis Barbary on the coaching staff, Left Fielder Drew Locke, Utility Infielder Russ Mitchell and Pitcher Cory Wade.

Barbary, in his second season with the Catfish, has led the squad to a 30-27 record and a tie for third place in the SAL Southern Division. The former Dodgers bullpen catcher is in his 12th season in the Los Angeles organization.

Locke is third in the SAL with a .345 average and second with 44 RBI. He also has scored 40 runs in 50 games. In the midst of a 15-game hitting streak Locke was named the BC Powder SAL Hitter of the Week for the week of May 22 through 28.

Primarily a third baseman, Mitchell has hit eight homers, 44 RBI and 40 runs. He leads the league with 22 doubles in 56 games.

Wade has compiled a 2-2 record and two saves with a 4.22 ERA. He has made six starts since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation. In 49 innings Wade has 52 strikeouts and merely six walks.

The 47th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, June 20 at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.

Just a note of interest: Eastlake, Ohio is the home of the Lake County Captains. Prior to 2003, the Lake County Captains went by another name: the Columbus RedStixx.

They left Columbus after the 2002 season, and the Albany, Georgia-based South Georgia Waves moved to Columbus eight days before the 2003 season began. In 2004, the South Georgia Waves renamed themselves ... the Columbus Catfish.

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