Friday, June 8, 2007

Catfish Struggles With Charleston Continue

After beating the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) in 10 of their first 14 meetings, the Catfish' recent struggles continue. Charleston beat the Catfish 6-4 tonight, their 6th win over the Catfish in the last 8 meetings between the two.

Charleston drew first blood, scoring in the top of the first. The Catfish tied it up in the bottom of the inning. CF Desmond Jennings triples to left, then scored on a bunt single by DN John Matulia, tying the game at one.

With 1 out in the 2nd, 1B Seth Dhaenens and 2B Joey Callender singled, and Dhaenens movd to to third on a fielding error. Dhaenens scored on a ground ball by SS Brett Grandstrand. Callender then scored on a single by Jennings, putting the Catfish up 3-1.

Charleston scored runs in the 4th and 5th innings to tie the game. Two more in the 6th and 1 in the 7th gave Charleston a 6-3 lead.

The Catfish had loaded the bases with no one out in the 6th, but were unable to score.

In the 8th, with 1 out, RF Maiko Loyola singled, then LF Quinn Stewart walked. Dhaenens reached on a fielder's choice, moving Loyola to third. After a pitching change, PH Matt Fields singled home Loyola, closing it to 6-4, but that's as close as the Catfish could get.

The loss, coupled with wins by Augusta and Asheville puts the Catfish in 3rd place, 4-1/2 games out of first.

The series with Charleston concludes tomorrow. It's Military Appreciation Day. Military normally get in for half price, but tomorrow night, they get in free.

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