The Columbus Catfish sent 11 batters to the plate in the 5th inning as part of their 12-run, 15-hit performance Friday night.
The Catfish beat the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 12-3., winning the series and holding on to 1st place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.
RF Quinn Stewart singled off the pitcher, scoring DH Cody Cipriano to open the scoring in the top of the 1st. Two batters later, LF Stephen Vogt drew a bases-loaded walk, sending 3B Greg Sexton across the plate, putting the Catfish up 2-0.
Charleston narrowed it to 2-1 in the 2nd. It stayed that way until the 5th.
SS Omar Luna doubled, then 2B Chase Fontaine and Cipriano both walked to load the bases. CF Reid Fronk singled, scoring Luna. Fontaine also scored on a throwing error by Charleston 2B Justin Snyder. Sexton followed with a single to center, scoring Cipriano. Fronk was thrown out at third on the play. Stewart singled, then both runners moved up a base on a balk. 1B Henry Wrigley drove in Sexton on a singles to right field. Stewart scored on a single by Vogt. The Catfish scored their final run of the inning when C Mike McCormick doubled to left, scoring Wrigley and taking an 8-1 lead.
Charleston scored a couple of runs in the bottom of the 5th, narrowing it slightly to 8-3.
The Catfish stretched it back out in the 7th. Stewart, Wrigley and Vogt all singled, scoring Stewart and leaving runners on the corners. Wrigley scored on a ground ball out by Luna, and the Catfish led 10-3.
In the 9th, PH Shawn Williams reached on an error, moved to second on a single by Vogt, to third on a ground out by Luna, and scored on a Fontaine single to center field. Vogt scored on a single by Cipriano, putting the Catfish up 12-3.
Every Catfish starting batter had at least one hit, and at least 1 RBI. Stewart and Vogt each had 3 hits, with Vogt driving in 3 runs. Fronk and Wrigley each had a pair of hits.
P Jason Ragan recorded his first win since May 9. He went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, striking out 3. Kevin Boggan and Justin Garcia each pitched a pair of shutout innings. Boggan allowed 1 hit, an infield single. Both relievers recorded a pair of strikeouts each.
The win leaves the Catfish at 7-1 for the second half, a game up on 2nd place Augusta.
The Catfish return to Columbus Saturday to open a short, 2-game home stand against Rome, before heading to Rome for a pair of games. Monday's game has the added interest of facing Atlanta Braves P Mike Hampton, who will get a rehab start that night.