Thursday, August 23, 2007

Catfish held to 3 hits again, beaten by Charleston. Again.

The Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) seem to have the Columbus Catfish' number. After the Catfish won 8 of their first 10 games against Charleston, the RiverDogs have won 11 of 13 from the Catfish, including a 6-1 drubbing Wednesday night.
Kyle Anson and Josue Calzado ripped RBI singles in the fourth for the RiverDogs (34-24), who pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Catfish (35-22) in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. Anson, Luis Nunez, James Cooper and Kevin Smith drove in runs in the seventh.

Columbus starter Woods Fines (7-7) gave up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings. Three of his seven losses have come against Charleston.

Matt Spring plated a run with a groundout in the fifth and Maiko Loyola collected two hits for the Catfish.

The series concludes in Charleston tonight, with the Catfish needing a win to avoid a sweep. The Catfish have not been swept by Charleston this season, and in fact, swept Charleston in a 3-game series on May 4, 5, & 6.

Despite the loss, the Catfish maintain a 1-1/2 game lead in the Southern Division over Asheville and, now, Charleston. And, with the Asheville loss, the Catfish "magic number" ... Catfish wins plus highest opponent losses ... drops to 11 with 12 games left in the 2nd half.

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