Sunday, April 29, 2007

Catfish Earn Split With Charleston

Columbus Catfish logoColumbus Catfish SS Brett Grandstrand was 3-for-4 and 3B Cesar Suarez was 3-for-5 as the Catfish pounded out 14 hits en route to a 7-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees).

Charleston scored an unearned run on an error by Catfish C Matt Spring in the bottom of the 1st.

The Catfish came back in the 5th, putting up 5 runs. Spring led the 5th with a solo homer to left field, tying the game. With 1 out, CF Desmond Jennings reached on an error, then moved to third on a single by RF John Matulia, then scored on a single to right by Suarez. Matulia scored on a sacrifice fly by DH Nevin Ashley. LF Ryan Royster closed the scoring with a 2-run homer to left. A follow-up triple by Grandstrand was wasted, but the Catfish had a 5-1 lead.

In the 7th, Ashley drove in Suarez, then later scored on a hit by Spring. That was all the scoring, as the Catfish ended with a 7-1 win.

Josh Butler allowed the unearned run on 3 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5, and won his second game. Neal Frontz pitched the last three innings, and picked up his first save.

The win gives the Catfish another split. They've split all series this year so far ... except for the sweep of Rome. They return home Monday, with a short 6-game series, 3 against Rome and 3 against Charleston.

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