The Columbus Catfish won their fifth game in a row Thursday night, shutting down the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees), 5-2.
C Nevin Ashley singled in RF John Matulia in the 1st inning, to give the Catfish an early lead.
In the 2nd, DH Maiko Loyola singled, stole second, and moved to third on an error, and scored on a wild pitch.
Ashley got his 2nd RBI of the night on a bunt single that scored CF Desmond Jennings.
Two more runs in the 5th gave the Catfish a 5-0 lead, when 3B Cesar Suarez scored on an error, and Ashley scored on a single by LF Ryan Royster.
Charleston managed two 7th inning runs off the Catfish bullpen, but only had one baserunner in the last 2 innings, and the Catfish took a 5-2 win.
Lewis Rollins pitched 5 innings of no-hit ball, walked 4 and struck out 7 in picking up his 2nd win. He now leads the Catfish in strikeouts with 31. Wilton Noel pitched an inning and 2/3, allowing 2 runs (none earned) on 3 hits, striking out 2. Brian Baker pitched the final 2-1/3 innings and picked up his first save.
On the basepaths, the Catfish were more aggressive than normal, stealing 6 bases. However, 9 runners were left on base, 6 in scoring position.
With the win, the Catfish are in 2nd place, 5 games behind division-leading Augusta.
The series with Charleston continues, with game two Friday night.
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