Sunday, April 27, 2008

Catfish drop finale to Charleston

Photo: Melissa Haneline / The Post and Courier
Columbus Catfish Maiko Loyla (24) attempts to take second base in this weekend's series in Charleston
The short 4-game series in Charleston ended like it began: with a Catfish loss. The 2 wins in between, though, were nice. The Catfish fell to the RiverDogs (Yankees), 8-3 today.

Charleston took a 4-0 lead before the Catfish closed the gap in the 5th. With 1 out, DH Shawn Williams doubled, then SS Omar Luna reached, with both runners winding up in scoring position. CF Emeel Salem singled home Williams, while Luna scored on an error. RF Maiko Loyola grounded out to short, scoring Salem, making it 4-3.

That's as close as the Catfish got. 3 in the 5th and another in the 6th put Charleston up 8-3.

Catfish starter Josh Johnson went 3-1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 3 hits, walking 5 and hitting 1. He struck out one Charleston batter. He was tagged with his 3rd loss of the year.

John Baird went an inning and 2/3, allowing 3 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits. Brian Flores went an inning, allowing a run on 1 hit, getting 1 K. Kevin Boggan finished the game for the Catfish, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2.

Only 4 Catfish managed to get a hit off the Charleston staff, and none of the 3 Catfish runs were earned. Loyola stole 2 bases, his 10th and 11th of the year, 4th best in the league. He's 2 steals out of 2nd place, behind league leader and teammate Salem, who has 21.

The loss means the Catfish split with Charleston. They are off Monday, and open a 4-game home stand against Asheville, starting Tuesday.

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