After dropping the first two games in a series with the Greenville Drive (Red Sox), the Columbus Catfish came back and split the series, winning the fourth game tonight, 6-0.
It was all Catfish, from the second inning on, after LF Ryan Royster sent his first home run ball of the season over the Greenville right field wall.
Catfish starting P Ryan Morse kept Greenville off the board, scattering 3 hits and striking out 4 before leaving the game after 6 innings, up 6-0.
The Catfish got their second run in the 6th, when RF John Matulia bunted for a base hit with 2 out, scoring 2B Joey Callender from third. Callender had opened the inning with a walk, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch, before Matulia brought him in.
In the 7th inning, Columbus put up 4 more runs. C Nevin Ashley led off with a triple to right. Royster was hit by pitch. With one out, 1B Matt Fields singled in Ashley. Royster scored on Callender's single to center. SS Jairo De La Rosa loaded the based on his fly ball to left field. Following a pitching change and a strike out, Matulia singled on a ground ball to short that was deflected by second baseman Pedro Vasquez. Fields and Callender both scored, but De La Rosa out at third. By the time the third out was recorded, the Catfish led 6-0.
Relief P Wilton Noel allowed two singles to start the 8th inning, but got Greenville SS Kristopher Negron to ground into a double play to end the threat.
P Matt Falk allowed to hits with two outs in the 9th, but coaxed a fly ball out from Greenville CF Jason Place to end the game.
The win was Morse's first of the season. The St. Cloud, MN native had pitched well in his first outing, but didn't figure into the Catfish' 9th inning loss to Kannapolis on Saturday.