Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Catfish Sweep Rome

The Columbus Catfish completed their first sweep of the season, besting the Rome Braves, 6-2.

The Catfish got on the board early. DH Desmond Jennings led the game with a single to center field. CF John Matulia singled, moving Jennings to second. Jennings stole third, Matulia stole second, and Jennings scored on an error on a missed catch by Rome 2B Chase Fontaine. 3B Cesar Suarez doubled, scoring Matulia.

In the 2nd inning, 1B Matt Fields started things with a double. With 2 outs, Jennings doubled, scoring Fields.

Rome scored a run in the 4th, making the score 3-1.

In the 8th, RF Maiko Loyola walked, then scored on LF Ryan Royster's double. After 2B Brett Grandstrand bunted for a single, Royster scored on a single by Fields.

The Catfish added another run in the 9th on Grandstrand's sacrifice fly to right field.

Rome added another run in the bottom of the 9th, making it 6-2, Catfish.

Matulia was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring twice.

Jeremy Hellickson made his first appearance for the Catfish, going 6 innings, allowing 1 unearned run, and striking out 6. He was activated earlier in the day after Matt Falk was sent to Hudson Valley of the New York-Penn League (Class A Short-Season).

Ryan Owen pitched 3 innings, striking out 3, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, and earned his 1st save.

The sweep was the first of the season for the Catfish. The last sweep of another team was in Rome last season.

Wednesday is an off day for the Catfish. Thursday, they open a 4-game series in Charleston.

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