In the next 20 games they play, the Columbus Catfish are facing the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 12 times. And the first of the games went to the good guys. The Catfish beat Charleston, 6-3.
Grant Duff, who leads Charleston in wins, now leads the team in losses. The Catfish touched him for 2 runs in the first. DH John Matulia and 3B Cesar Suarez both reached on singles, then C Nevin Ashley walked to lead the bases. LF Ryan Royster then singled, scoring Matulia and Suarez, putting the Catfish up 2-0.
A walk mixed in with 3 singles allowed Charleston to tie the game in the 4th.
The Catfish regained the lead in the 5th. CF Desmond Jennings singled to start the inning. With 2 outs, Ashley singled, scoring Jennings from second. Duff was pulled from the game, then LF Quinn Stewart welcomed Brady Martinez by hitting his 5th homer of the year, making it 5-2.
Each team put up a run in the 7th. The Catfish welcomed reliever Ferdin Tejeda with a single by Jennings. A wild pitch allowed Jennings to move to second. With 2 outs, Ashley doubled, plating Jennings, and making it 6-3.
Jennings and Ashley were the only Catfish to have multiple hits.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched 5 innings of 5-hit ball, allowing 2 runs and striking out 4, and picking up his 2nd win. Ryan Morse pitched the 6th, allowing just a walk. Columbus native Brian Baker pitched 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits. Ryan Reid pitched a perfect 9th to garner his 4th save.