Allen Leads Cats Past Captains 10-5

John Allen leads the Cats to a 10-5 win over Shreveport-Bossier

First baseman John Allen was 4-for-5 with six runs batted in, leading the Cats to a 10-5 win over the Captains on Tuesday night at Fair Grounds Field.

The win was the 30th of the season for the Cats, who wrapped up the first-half division title last Friday night as they qualified for the playoffs for the fifth straight win.

The cats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Allen and a sacrifice fly by Pat O'Sullivan. They added three runs to that lead in the third as Allen singled home two with his second hit of the night. Later in the inning, Michael Bell delivered a sacrifice fly, giving the Cats a 5-0 advantage.

Fort Worth went up by six runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Ryan Patterson scoring Isa Garcia who had led off the inning with a single.

Shreveport-Bossier narrowed the Cats lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI ground out by Dwayne White and an RBI single by Christopher Garcia.

But the Cats got those runs back in the top of the sixth as they scored four times, highlighted by an Allen three-run double to left.

The Captains scored twice more in teh sixth and once in the seventh to cut the Cats lead to 10-5.

Joel Kirsten allowed four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work to get the win and improve to 5-2 on the season. Taylor Parker, re-signed by the Cats on Tuesday after appearing in 11 games earlier in the season with the team, allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief work .

Thad Markray started for Shreveport-Bossier and allowed six runs on nine hits in four innings of work as his record fell to 3-6.

O'sullivan was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI as he extended his hitting streak to 26 games. Brian Fryer had a bunt single in the third to stretch his streak to 21 games.

The series continues on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. with Matt Gibbs on the mound for Fort Worth.

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