Originally created 05/06/04

Augusta continues struggles



The Columbus Catfish continued their winning ways Wednesday night by defeating visiting Augusta 15-4 at Golden Park.

The game was the first home game for the Catfish (17-9) since returning from a 5-2 road trip in which they climbed into a tie for first place with Charleston in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League . The Catfish broke open a 2-1 game in the sixth inning when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored eight runs.

Xavier Paul led off with a single and went to third on Matt Kemp's double. Mike Nixon loaded the bases with a walk. Alejandro De Aza then picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch. Tony Abreau tripled to empty the bases. Jereme Milons singled to drive in Abreau, and Chin-lung Hu walked ahead of Andy LaRoche's three-run home run.

The Catfish added two more in the seventh inning to go up 12-4 when Nixon reached on an errant throw that allowed him to go to second. De Aza singled to score Nixon. Abreau then drove in Nixon on a triple and came within inches of an in-the-park home run.

Abreau hit a long fly ball off the left-center field wall that caromed away from center fielder Mickey Hall. Abreau stumbled rounding third base and was thrown out at the plate.

Columbus scored the final three runs of the game in the eighth when Dominique Laurin led off with a single and went to second as LaRoche reached on an error. Kemp drove in Laurin with a single to right and LaRoche scored when right fielder Brandon Moss' throw went into the visiting dugout. Kemp scored on Nixon's ground out.

The Catfish took a 1-0 lead in the first as Milons singled, stole second and third base and scored when LaRoche singled.

After the GreenJackets (7-19) tied the contest at 1-1 in the top of the fifth, Columbus again took a one run lead in the bottom of the inning when Alejandro De Aza singled and scored on Milons' double.

Brandon Weeden improved his record to 2-2 by picking up the win. He pitched five innings, giving up four hits, walked four and struck out three.

Chris Farley (0-3) picked up the loss in relief of Jesus Delgado. Farley gave up six runs in 1w innings. The GreenJackets defense made four errors in the game and dropped their fifth game in a row to Columbus. The Catfish swept a four-game series from the GreenJackets in Augusta on April 15-18.