Monday, August 25, 2008

Catfish split with Charleston again

The Columbus Catfish finished a 6-game series ... with all 6 games played in 4 days, including 5 in a 49-hour period ... splitting Sunday's double header.

The Catfish beat the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 5-1 in the first game, but dropped the second game, 12-4, splitting the series at 3 games apiece.

Charleston opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the third when Justin Snyder walked and moved to second on Suttle's single. Snyder then scored on Montero's RBI single up the middle.

But a big four-run fifth inning propelled the Catfish, all coming with two outs. Seth Dhaenens singled home a run and Fronk, who belted two solo home runs in Saturday's doubleheader, doubled home three runs to hand Columbus a 4-1 advantage.

The visitors added an insurance run in the sixth on O'Malley's RBI single to left center.

Fronk led the Catfish's 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 outing and was aided by Luna and Chase Fontaine, who each contributed two hits.


Charleston exploded for six runs in their first time at the plate, with Austin Krum scoring on a wild pitch and Brandon Laird singling home a run. Carmen Angelini doubled home one more and two additional scored on Abraham Almonte's single. The sixth run came on a Dave Williams RBI single to right.

Columbus cut the lead to 6-1 in the top of the second, when Quinn Stewart was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Stewart scored on Henry Wrigley's groundout.

In the bottom of the second, the RiverDogs scored three more tallies on a three-run home run by Jesus Montero, which came on a 0-1 pitch from Columbus starter John Baird (1-4). It was Montero's 17th dinger of the season.

Though down 9-1, Columbus pushed two unearned runs across in the third when Omar Luna scored when Reid Fronk hit into a bases loaded double play. With two outs, Greg Sexton singled home a run to make the score 9-3.

The RiverDogs increased the lead to 10-3 in the third inning, when Krum tripled home Williams, who had previously singled up the middle.

Charleston added two more runs in the fourth when Laird scored on a passed ball and Abraham Almonte drove home a run with a single to right.

Columbus scored their fourth run in the top of the seventh, when Shawn O'Malley doubled and scored on Fronk's RBI single.
The Catfish open a 5-game home stand ... their last of the season ... with the 1st of 3 against Rome on Monday night.

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