Sunday, June 24, 2007

Catfish Gain Split With Savannah

So far in the second half, the Columbus Catfish have either lost close -- a 3-2 loss on Thursday and a 9-6 9th inning loss on Saturday -- or won big -- a 17-2 win Friday and now an 11-1 win tonight.

In the first half of the season, the Catfish were the only SAL team to not score in double digits. Four games into the second half, they've done it twice.

The Catfish got on the board early. Desmond Jennings led the Catfish 1st inning with an infield single. With 1 out, he stole second. Cesar Suarez reached on an error, then Jennings and Suarez both stole a base. Jennings scored on a sacrifice fly by Nevin Ashley, then Suarez came home when Ryan Royster doubled to center.

The 3rd inning was a big one for the Catfish. Up 2-0, the inning again began with a single by Jennings. With 1 out, Joey Callender, who had replaced Suarez, reached on a single. Another double steal put Jennings on third and Callender on second. Or would have, except for the throwing error by Savannah C Francisco Pena. Jennings scored and Callender would up on third. Ashley walked. With 2 out, Quinn Stewart hit his 10th homers of the year. Matt Fields followed with a solo shot of to make it 7-0 Catfish.

Savannah got on the board in the 4th inning when Brahiam Maldonado hit a 1-out solo homer off Catfish starter Heath Rollins. It was the only run they would tally.

In the bottom of the inning, the Catfish got the run back. Jairo De La Rosa singled, stole second, moved to third on an infield single by Jennings, then scored on a single by Brett Grandstrand.

In the 7th, Quinn Stewart walked, moved to third on Fields' double to left, and scored on a ground out by De La Rosa.

Up 9-0, the Catfish made it double digits for the second time in three games in the 8th. Grandstrand walked, Callender singled, then Seth Dhaenens, replacing Ashley as DH, singled to load the bases. Royster singled to score Grandstrand, then Stewart hit into a double play, but Callender scored, putting the Catfish up 11-1.

Fields was 3-for-5, with a double and a homer. Jennings was also 3-for-5, scoring twice. Callender went 3-for-4, also scoring twice. Stewart had but 1 hit, but it was a 3-run homer. He also walked and scored. Royster was 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs.

The offensive attack was well-rounded. Every Catfish batter reached base at least once, both starters and subs.

Rollins broke a 3-game losing streak, picking up his 7th win. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits. He struck out 5. Ryan Morse pitched 1 inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1. Ryan Reid pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3.

The win earned the Catfish a split with Savannah. They're in 4th place pending the outcome of the Asheville game 3rd place and a game out of first.

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