Monday, July 14, 2008

Catfish split double header, take series with Greensboro

The Columbus Catfish closed out a 7-game home stand, winning 5 of the 7 games, including a split in a double header this evening.

Four of the games in the home stand were 7-inning contests, thanks to the weather. Minor League Baseball rules call for scheduled double headers to be 7-inning games. And the weather washed out games Friday and Sunday, causing Saturday and Monday makeups as double headers, including today's split.

Today, the Catfish lost game one to the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins), 3-1, but won the nightcap, 2-1.

In the first game, Greensboro put up a pair of runs in the 4th inning, thanks to a dropped third strike, two singles, and a double.

Greensboro put another run on the board in the 6th, to take a 3-0 lead.

The Catfish were kept off the board until the bottom of the 7th, when C Michael McCormick homered with 2 outs. But that was it for the scoring.

In the second game, Greensboro took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

The Catfish tied it in the 5th when 3B Omar Luna drove in Reid Fronk on a sacrifice fly.

The 6th inning saw the Catfish take the lead. With 2 out, RF Quinn Stewart singled, stole second, then scored on a single by C Stephen Vogt.

Jason Ragan took the loss in game 1, his 7th, despite allowing just 2 earned runs in 5-2/3 innings work.

Austin Hinkle got the win in the second game, tossing the final 2 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. Starter Josh Johnson allowed a run on 2 hits in 4 innings work, striking out 3, but wasn't involved in the decision.

The split gives the Catfish 5 straight home series wins.

After taking Tuesday off, heading to Charleston, WV, on Wednesday for 4 games, then to Lexington, KY, for another 4 games.

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