Thursday, April 24, 2008

Catfish stop slide, end home stand with win

Basil, Catfish fanGreg Sexton drove in a pair of runs in the 1st inning to stake the Columbus Catfish to an early lead, and the Catfish took advantage of some Rome miscues as they beat the Braves 5-2 Wednesday night, closing out a home stand with a win.

In the Catfish half of the 1st, CF Emeel Salem singled, stole second, and move to third on a ground out. RF Reid Fronk was hit by a pitch. Then Sexton, the Catfish 3B, tripled to right, putting the Catfish up 2-0.

The lead increased to 3-0 in the 2nd. 1B Henry Wrigley singled. 2B Joey Callender laid down a bunt that succeeded in moving Fronk to second. But as Fronk reached second, third was unguarded, and he beat the throw and the third baseman to the bag. When the throw went to the screen by the third base picnic area, Fronk scored, and the Catfish were up by three.

Rome closed the gap in the 5th, 3-2, on a 2-run triple by SS Michael Fisher.

DH Cody Cipriano scored in the bottom of the 5th on an error, after having doubled, and moving to third on a ground out.

The Catfish capped the scoring in the 7th, when SS Omar Luna scored on a sacrifice fly by Cipriano.

The Catfish only managed 7 hits on the night, and Luna was the only Catfish player with two hits. But made the most of their opportunities, leaving just 4 runners on base.

Starter Jason Ragan allowed 6 hits over 5 innings, allowing at least 1 Rome base runner in every inning after the 1st, but the Catfish managed to keep Rome off the board, save the 2-run triple in the 5th. Ragan struck out 4, and picked up his 4th win of the season, tied for the league lead.

John Baird pitched 3 innings of relief, allowing a pair of hits and striking out 3. Travis Risser allowed a 2-out single in the 9th, but struck out local player Adam Coe to secure the win and pick up his 4th save.

The win gives the Catfish a split on the home stand, and 3 wins in 4 games against Rome during the home stand.

Thursday, the Catfish play the first of four games at division leader Charleston, before returning home on the 29th for four against Asheville.

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