Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Catfish held to 3 hits, blanked by Charleston

It took 4 pitchers, but those 4 pitchers did it. The Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) used 4 pitchers to hold the Columbus Catfish to three hits tonight, as they shut out the Catfish 3-0.
Charleston opened the crucial three-game series against the Southern Division leaders with a win to improve to 33-24 in the season's second half and move within 2 ½ games of the Catfish in the standings. Columbus dipped to 35-21 and 76-50 overall.

RiverDogs starter Grant Duff (13-8) out-dueled Columbus' Jeremy Hellickson, one of the top arms in the SAL this season who entered the night 12-2 with a 2.69 ERA. Duff went five full innings and scattered two hits while walking only one and striking out two.

The Catfish still lead the Southern Division by 1-1/2 games over Asheville, who won tonight.

Game 2 of the 3-game series will be Wednesday night, with the series concluding Thursday night. The Catfish open their final home stand of the regular season Friday, hosting last-place Savannah for 4 games, then Charleston for 3 games, before ending the season with 4 more at at Savannah.

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