Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Catfish edge Asheville

Columbus Catfish P Jesse Darcy out-dueled Asheville Tourists (Rockies) starter Connor Graham as the Catfish won their 4th straight game, 2-1 Monday night.

The win secures a series win against the division's first half champions, and sets up a possible sweep Tuesday night.

Greg Sexton drew a leadoff walk against Graham in the third inning and moved to second on a fielder's choice. With two outs, he came around to score on Henry Wrigley's RBI single to give the Catfish an early lead.

The next inning, Reid Fronk drew the walk to open the inning. After a Sexton single and another walk to Stephen Vogt, the Catfish picked up their second run on Quinn Stewart's sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead. Asheville would answer in the bottom half of the frame, loading the bases on Michael Mitchell's single and back-to-back walks to Bo Bowman and Kevin Clark. With no one out, Helder Velazquez drove in a run with a groundout, but fly outs by Brian Lapin and Warren Schaeffer ended the Asheville threat.

Unfortunately for the Tourists, the fourth inning represented their last big threat of the inning. Their offense mustered only one other hit past that point - a Mitchell single in the sixth. Mitchell went 3-4 at the plate and was the only Tourist to record a multi-hit game. The Columbus bullpen retired the final 12 hitters of the game and was lights out at the end for the second night in a row.

Jesse Darcy (5-3) picked up his first win since June 26th, tossing six superb innings of one-run baseball, sprinkling just five hits while walking two and striking out five. Justin Garcia followed with two scoreless innings of work before handing things over to Austin Hinkle, who picked up his ninth save of the season.
The Catfish close out the series with Asheville Tuesday night. They head to Savannah Wednesday for a 4-game series before heading home for their next-to-last home stand.

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