Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Catfish Drop Game To Charleston

Columbus Catfish logoCharleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 3B Mitch Hilligoss tied the SAL consecutive game hit streak tonight as Charleston knocked the Columbus Catfish from the top of the South Division. Hilligoss hit a 2-run double in the 8th inning, his last at-bat, to keep the streak alive, and to contribute to Charleston's 9-1 win over the Catfish.

A 1st inning home run by Seth Fortenberry off Catfish starter Wade Townsend put Charleston up 1-0.

A single, 2 walks, 2 doubles, and an error put Charleston up 6-0 in the 3rd.

The Catfish finally put a run up in the 7th. 1B Seth Dhaenens reached on an error, but was erased when 2B Joey Callender hit a ground ball to third and reached on a fielder's choice. When SS Jairo De La Rosa doubled to left, Callender scored, and the Catfish were down 6-1.

Charleston made it 9-1 in the 8th, thanks to Hilligoss' record-tying hit, and a bases-loaded walk.

The Catfish were held to 5 hits on the night, and stranded 8 runners on base, 3 in scoring position.

Townsend has now dropped 3 decisions in a row, falling to 3-4. The loss drops the Catfish to 3rd place, a game behind Augusta, who beat Greensboro, and a half-game behind Asheville, who beat Lexington tonight.

The series with Charleston continues Wednesday night. The Catfish return to Columbus Saturday night to open an 8-game home stand.

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