O'Sullivan, Cats power past Pelicans 14-10

Pat O'Sullivan was the offensive star for the second straight night as the Cats' designated hitter was 4-for-5 with two homers and eight RBIs Monday night leading the Cats to a 14-10 win over the Pelicans.

A night after driving in four runs at LaGrave Field against El Paso, O'Sullivan had another breakout night at the plate.

He got the Cats' on the board in the fourth inning as with two outs he doubled home two for a 2-0 Fort Worth lead. The Pelicans cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Chase Burch RBI single.

The Cats added two to their lead in the fifth inning on a Cameron Blair sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Ryan Patterson, his second of the year to make it 5-1 Cats. Fort Worth broke open the game in the sixth inning.

Michael Bell led off the inning with a single followed by O'Sullivan's sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot to center. Later in the inning, Blair picked up an RBI infield single and John Allen smacked a two-run double, capping off a five-run inning and giving the Cats a 10-1 lead.

Pensacola battled back, scoring three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, before O'Sullivan seemingly put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the ninth inning. O'Sullivan's eight RBIs tied the single-game team record, set by John Allen in August of 2008.

But in the bottom of the ninth, the first five batters reached and scored before reliever Dustin Cameron came on to close the door by retiring the two batters he faced with the tying run at the plate to capture his league-leading 11th save of the season.

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Dan Grybash (4-1) earned the win as he allowed four runs, two earned on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Pelicans' starter Bubba Nelson (2-2) suffered the loss as he allowed nine runs, seven earned in five innings pitched.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. with Joel Kirsten on the mound for the Cats.

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