Captains Pummel Cats 16-7

Cats crumble after 4-0 lead

Shreveport-Bossier rallied from a five-run deficit, scored 14 unanswered runs and defeated the Cats 16-7 on Tuesday night at LaGrave Field in the opener of a three-game series.

The Cats scored four runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead, added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth for a 7-2 advantage. But the Captains got a three-run homer from Christopher Garcia in the sixth inning to narrow the lead to 7-5 and chase starter Jae Jung from the game. 

In the seventh, the Captains scored three more times on two run-scoring singles and an error for an 8-7 advantage. They added three more in the eighth and five in the ninth for a 16-7 lead. 

Shreveport-Bossier designated hitter Rodney Medina led the way, going 4-for-6 with three runs batted in. First baseman Andres Rodriguez, left fielder Dwayne White and Garcia also contributed three RBIs a piece. The Captains pounded out 19 hits, the most allowed this year by the Cats' top-rated pitching staff. 

The offensive highlights came early on for the Cats as Pat O'Sullivan had two hits in the game to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Brian Fryer had a 1-for-4 night to extend his streak to 14 games. Kelley Gulledge had two RBIs for the Cats in the game.

Jakob Cunningham (1-0) earned the win with three hitless innings in relief for the Captains. Justin Garcia, who permitted three runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched suffered the loss to drop to 1-1.

The series continues on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. as the Cats send Dan Grybash to the mound. He will be opposed by Shreveport-Bossier's Aaron Cunningham.

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