Saturday, September 2, 2006

Catfish Fall to Charleston, 9-1

The 6th inning and cold bats did in the Columbus Catfish tonight in Charleston as they faced the Riverdogs (Yankees). Charleston pitcher Wilkins Arias held the Catfish to three hits in 5-1/3 innings pitched, and Paul Patterson held them hitless the rest of the way.

SS Ivan De Jesus singed in the 1st inning, but could get no further. C Conor McGeehan doubled to lead off the 3rd, but couldn't advance. DH Lucas May singled in the 4th, but was stranded there. 3 Catfish batters reached on walks, but were caught stealing, forced out, or left stranded.

In the 9th inning, the Catfish managed to scratch out a run. Lucas May was hit by a pitch, then moved to second on a wild pitch, and to third on Eduardo Perez's grounds out to first base. He scored when 1B David Sutherland drove him in on a sacrifice fly to center. That 1 run was not nearly enough.

Charleston punched across a run in both the 4th and 5th innings. But the 7th inning did the Catfish in. After Nate Hochgesang replaced David Horlacher on the mound for the Catfish, Charleston ripped 4 straight singles, then 2 doubles, then had a batter hit by a pitch. The 7th hit of the inning with no one out drove in the 6th run of the inning, making it 8-0. Charleston picked up another run in the 8th, before the Catfish scored once in the 9th.

Horlacher took the loss, his 4th, allowing 2 runs on 9 hits.

It was the second night in a row that a player on one of the teams extended a scoreless streak. The previous night, Catfish P James McDonald extended his scoreless streak to 20-1/3 innings after pitching a complete game shutout. Tonight, Charleston P Wilkins Arias extended his scoreless streak to 28 innings, after going 5-2/3 innings.

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