Monday, July 16, 2007

Catfish Beat Rome In Ten

It took 10 innings, but the Columbus Catfish managed a 3-2 win over the Rome Braves tonight, sweeping Rome and moving to within a half game of first place.

Catfish 3B Joey Callender got his only hit of the game in the 10th inning to spark the team to victory.

Callender greeted Rome reliever Jorge Acosta (0-1) with a leadoff single and moved to third on second baseman Travis Jones' error. Cesar Suarez, who had six RBIs on Sunday, was intentionally walked before Acosta uncorked a wild pitch to plate Callender.

The Catfish (15-9) were dominated for most of the night by Braves starter Kyle Cofield, who limited them to one hit over seven scoreless innings. But Seth Dhaenens came through with a game-tying two-run single in the ninth for Columbus, which pulled out its fourth straight win.

Reliever Brian Baker (3-3) picked up the victory after allowing three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Starter Will Kline gave up one hit and fanned one over two frames in his professional debut.

With the win, the Catfish complete a sweep of Rome, and have won 4 in a row, the current longest streak in the South Atlantic League. Losses by Augusta and Asheville, coupled with the Catfish win, leaves Columbus in 3rd place, but only 1/2 game out of 1st place. Greenville, which snapped a 9-game losing streak with their win over Asheville, invades Golden Park Tuesday, opening a 4-game series.

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