Sunday, June 29, 2008

Catfish sweep Rome

Stephen Vogt homers for the Catfish
Stephen Vogt homers for the Catfish.

The second half run continues for the Columbus Catfish.

The Catfish turned 13 hits into 11 runs as they swept the Rome Braves tonight, 11-2, taking both games of the short series.

The Catfish took an early lead, when 2B Cody Cipriano tripled with 1 out, then scored on a sacrifice fly by RF Quinn Stewart.

In the 2nd inning, 1B Henry Wrigley walked with 1 out, then moved to third on a single by DH Shawn Williams. With 2 outs, SS Omar Luna singled Wrigley home, putting the Catfish up 2-0.

The 4th inning saw LF Stephen Vogt score on a fielder's choice RBI by Williams.

Rome managed an unearned run in the 5th, narrowing the score to 3-1.

The Catfish expanded their lead in the 6th. Stewart doubled, then scored on 3B Greg Sexton's double. Sexton moved to third on a wild pitch. After Vogt walked, Wrigley reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Sexton. Williams followed with a single to left, with Wrigley moving to third on an error. C Ian Paxton single home Wrigley, giving the Catfish a 6-1 lead.

Stewart walked to start the 7th, then scored on Sexton's 2nd double of the night. Vogt homered off the batting cage roof beyond right field, and the Catfish led 9-1.

Rome scored a run in the 8th, but the Catfish responded in the bottom of the inning.

Loyola singled to start the innings, then Cipriano homered to left-center, and the Catfish led 11-2.

Brian Flores pitched 7 innings, giving up an unearned run on 8 hits, striking out 5, en route to his 7th win. Josh Johnson went 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, notching a pair of strikeouts.

Every Catfish batter had at least 1 hit. Loyola, Cipriano, Sexton and Williams had 2 each.

The win gives the Catfish another short series sweep. They haven't lost a series in the 2nd half.

Monday, they head to Rome for 2 games, including facing Atlanta Braves P Mike Hampton in a rehab start.

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