Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Catfish Win Big, Again

The Columbus Catfish crossed the double-digit number in runs scored for the 3rd time in the 2nd half last night, as they beat the Rome Braves, 10-1.

Wade Townsend picked up the win, taking a no-hitter into the 6th inning.
The 24-year-old right-hander yielded just one hit and two walks while striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 3.95.

"I had good command of the fastball and curveball," he said. "I worked ahead and threw a lot of curveballs for strikes. I pitched without reservation and wasn't tentative, which was a problem in my last few starts."

Townsend missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. After a successful April, he strained his forearm on May 2 and spent two weeks on the disabled list. In seven starts since returning, he has a 6.03 ERA and surrendered eight runs over five innings in a June 14 loss at Greenville.

"I think going back to the disabled list messed with my head a lot," the former first-round draft pick admitted. "I felt like I was babying the ball the last month. When [pitching] coach [Bill] Moloney and I looked at the film, he showed me I was pushing the ball and that my elbow was lower than it should be in my delivery. He made me get my arm back up and it's showed my last few times out there."

Matthew Field went 2-for-2 with a two-run double and his 13th homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning. Jairo De La Rosa also smacked a two-run jack in the fourth and Ryan Royster crushed a solo blast, his 12th, in the sixth for for the Catfish (3-2).

The series with Rome continues tonight.

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