Friday, August 17, 2007

Catfish extend lead, Baker extends scoreless streak

The first place Columbus Catfish -- I like typing that -- extended their 2nd half lead in the Northern Division by beating the 2nd place Asheville Tourists (Rockies) 5-3 Thursday night.

The Catfish put up 4 runs in the 3rd. Matthew Fields led with a single. Craig Albernaz, Jairo De La Rosa and John Matulia all doubled, putting the Catfish up 3-0. After a pitching change, Brett Grandstrand sacrificed Matulia to third, then Cesar Suarez sacrificed Matulia home, giving the Catfish a 4-0 lead.

De La Rosa hit a solo home run in the 5th, making it 5-0.

The Catfish only had 5 hits, but made the most of their time on base. One runner was caught stealing, but the other 5 base runners scored. The only Catfish batter with more than 1 hit was De La Rosa, who had 2 RBIs and scored twice.

Woods fines picked up his 7th win, allowing 2 hits and striking out a pair over 5 innings. Matt Falk only lasted 1/3 inning relief, allowing 3 runs, his 2nd straight rough outing. Hunter Davis pitched 2-2/3 innings, allowed just 1 hit, and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 7th. Columbus native Brian Baker pitched a perfect 9th, picking up his 7th save, and extending his scoreless streak to 21-2/3 innings.

The win over 2nd place Asheville -- who has already begun selling playoff tickets for the playoff spot they are battling the Catfish for -- gives the Catfish a 1-1/2 game lead over the Tourists. Idle Charleston is 3 games back.

The battle for first place continues Friday night, with the top two teams battling at 7 PM. Fireworks follow.

1 comment:

  1. Sunday Reading List, August 19, 2007...

    HOT. HOT. HOT. That's the weather, now on to the current events on this Sunday morning. There's something for everybody -- Right, Left, Middle -- humor, serious, music, video, thought provoking... (I even included some sports) Music Video: Sweet Home...


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