Things got so bad for the Catfish that they brought in the 2nd baseman to pitch the final two innings ... and he had the best pitching performance of the night. Joey Callender allowed just one run ... the fewest of the four Catfish to take the mound ... on two hits ... again, the low for the night. Starter Will Kline was roughed up for 11 runs, all earned, on 12 hits ... including 3 home runs ... in 2-plus innings work. RF Jonel Pacheco had 2 of the homers to pace Hickory.
The 24-year-old right fielder is tied for second in the South Atlantic League in homers behind Columbus' Ryan Royster, who had homered in six straight games before going 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout and a single in the fifth.
Sakamoto's first-inning grand slam was his 13th homer of the season and first in 18 games. The 23-year-old first baseman added a run-scoring single in the second.
One bright spot for the Catfish was 2-run homer in the 8th that pulled the Catfish to within 14 runs.
The Catfish get to start again tonight, taking on Hickory at 7:00.