Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Catfish overpower West Virginia

The Columbus Catfish held the West Virginia Power (Brewers) to three hits en route to a 4-0 win tonight. Heath Rollins pitched 7 innings, striking out 5, as he picked up his 12th win.

The Catfish touched up West Virginia starter Chris Toneguzzi for 4 runs in the 1st inning. Desmond Jennings led off with a double to left, then moved to third on a sacrifice attempt by John Matulia that Toneguzzi misplayed. Cesar Suarez singled, scoring Jennings. With 1 out, Ryan Royster hit his 16th home run of the year, a 3-run shot over the right field wall, putting the Catfish up 4-0.

The Catfish loaded the bases in the 3rd inning, but were unable to score. They only had one base runner the rest of the way, a 6th inning single by Seth Dhaenens. It was enough as Rollins was overpowering, as was reliever Ryan Reid, who pitched 2 perfect innings, striking out two.

The win keeps the Catfish in 2nd place, 2-1/2 games behind division leading Asheville. The series with North Division 1st half champ West Virginia continues Wednesday night.

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