Catfish Scale Back R-Dogs, 2-0, In Game One, Game Two Suspended in Third Inning
CHARLESTON, SC - Jesse Darcy fired a two-hit shutout to pace the Columbus Catfish to a 2-0 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader in South Atlantic League action Friday night in front of 3,923 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
In the nightcap, the contest was suspended in the bottom of the third inning with two outs and the RiverDogs ahead, 2-1. Friday night's second game will be picked up where it was suspended at 5:05 p.m. Saturday.
With the victory, Columbus improves to 33-22 in the season's second half and 60-65 overall while Charleston slips to 28-29 since the All-Star break and 73-54 on the season.
In the first game, which was delayed 1 hour and 42 minutes due to wet conditions from Tropical Storm Fay, Darcy's work led the Catfish to their first complete game of the season, albeit a seven-inning affair. Darcy (7-3) went the distance and neither walked or fanned a batter while facing 23 RiverDogs.
Columbus secured their first run in the second inning, when Chase Fontaine singled and moved to second on a groundout. With two outs, Shawn Williams then hit a hard liner at Charleston starter Lance Pendleton, who threw to first base, but Brandon Laird mishandled the throw which allowed Fontaine to score the unearned run.
The second Catfish run came in the seventh, when Shawn O'Malley, with the bases loaded, greeted reliever Stephen Artz with a sacrifice fly to center to make the score 2-0.
The last time the RiverDogs were shutout came against Rome on Aug. 6, a 1-0 whitewashing in Charleston.
Columbus posted six hits with Maiko Loyola leading the way with two while Austin Romine and Laird accounted for both of Charleston's hits.
Pendleton (7-8) was again a hard-luck loser, as he pitched 6.1 innings and allowed both runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out five and walking four.
There will be another doubleheader on Saturday with the first pitch of the suspended game set for 5:05 p.m. The RiverDogs tentatively plan to start righty Dellin Betances (8-4, 3.45 ERA) in the opener and right-hander Jairo Heredia (5-6, 3.12 ERA) in the nightcap. Columbus is expected to go with lefty Brian Flores (8-6, 4.10 ERA) and righty Jeremy Hall (8-3, 4.29 ERA) in the second contest.
Sunday will also be a doubleheader with the first game set for 2:05 p.m. and the second to follow roughly 30 minutes later.
Due to the wet and windy conditions, the regularly scheduled fireworks display will be held Saturday night and fans holding tickets for Friday's game may exchange them for Saturday's or another remaining game at lesser or equal value. Further, the red shirts that the RiverDogs normally wear on Friday will be worn on Saturday, and they will be auctioned off after the doubleheader.
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