Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Catfish Beat Charleston, Move Into Second Place

Columbus Catfish logoIf the Columbus Catfish were in the North Division of the South Atlantic League, they'd be in first place. As it is, they're in second place in the South Division, following Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees).

Charleston jumped to an early lead when 3B Mitch Hilligoss scored on a 1st inning error. He had reached base when he extended his hitting streak to 28 games, the current best in all of minor league baseball.

The Catfish took the lead in the 4th when 1B Matt Fields hit his team-leading 7th homer, a 2-run shot that also scored RF Quinn Stewart, who had singled.

Charleston tied the game in the 5th when Hilligoss scored another run. The Catfish re-took the lead in the bottom of the 5th. LF Ryan Royster doubled, scoring 2B Joey Callender.

In the 6th, SS Jairo De La Rosa hits his first home run of the year to make it 4-2.

3B Cesar Suarez brought his batting average up 17 points with a 4-for-4 performance. Heath Rollins won his 5th game, pitching 6 innings, allowing 2 runs -- 1 earned -- on 6 hits, striking out 6. Ryan Owen pitched the last three innings, allowing just 2 base runners -- 1 on a walk and 1 on a fielder's choice -- to pick up his 2nd save.

The win, coupled with Asheville's 5th straight loss, puts the Catfish in 2nd place, 2 games behind division-leading Augusta.

The series with Charleston continues Wednesday night.

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