Saturday, August 23, 2008

Catfish split with Charleston

The suspended game went bad ... quickly ... but the nightcap turned out fine.

The Columbus Catfish split a delayed double header with the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees), dropping the suspended game, 14-2, but taking the late game, 8-6 Saturday night.

In the nightcap, the RiverDogs scored four times in the first inning on a RBI single by Austin Romine, a two-run double by Brandon Laird and a sac fly by Carmen Angelini. The lead was extended to 6-0 in the second on back-to-back solo home runs by Dave Williams and Austin Krum.

But Columbus began to right the ship by cutting the deficit to 6-2 in the third, when Chase Fontaine tripled home a run and scored on Maiko Loyola's RBI single. The Catfish again sliced the lead to 6-3 the following inning on Quinn Stewart's RBI single that plated Stephen Vogt who doubled.

The visitors added their fourth and fifth runs in the fifth inning on a double by Fontaine, an RBI single by Loyola and a run-scoring double by Greg Sexton.

In the sixth inning when RiverDogs starter Dellin Betances was lifted in favor of Chase Vacek, Quinn Stewart greeted the reliever's first pitch with a solo shot to center, and Loyola added a sacrifice fly to center to post Columbus' sixth and seventh runs, giving the Fish a lead that they would not relinquish. Their final score came on another Stewart RBI, his third of the game, this one on a sacrifice fly to center.

Ironically, Columbus starter Jeremy Hall, although giving up all six of Charleston's runs on eight hits, earned the victory that improved his overall mark to 9-3. Closer Austin Hinkle collected his 13th save as he pitched an uneventful seventh inning while striking out one of the four batters he faced.

Joining Stewart with three RBI was Loyola. Multiple hits were recorded by Loyola, Vogt, Stewart and Fontaine as the Catfish had a dozen hits on the night.
The series -- scheduled to be 6 games in 5 days, has turned into 6 games in 4 days -- concluded Sunday afternoon with an afternoon double header.

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