Friday, August 5, 2005

Catfish: Not By Bread Alone

Go Catfish!The Catfish dropped the game to the Savannah Sand Gnats (Nationals) tonight, 5-1. The loss drops them to 4½ games behind Kannapolis, but they are still in second place.

For the second night in a row, Sara Lee gave away loaves of bread. Well, it was probably day-old bread, since they didn't give all the bread away last night.

The Savannah pitchers did a great job of shutting down the Catfish bats, holding them to four hits.

Dan Batz played again tonight, going 1-for-3. Lucas May didn't play; he's still nursing his shoulder.

Game three is tomorrow night, and they close out the short home stand Sunday. And they're giving away Lou Gehrig bobble heads Sunday afternoon.

More from the Columbus Catfish:

Catfish Bats Stymied and Walks Haunt Pitchers in 5-1 Loss to Savannah
Fish Manage Four Hits and Pitchers Walk Eight as Sand Gnats Even Four-Game Series

COLUMBUS, GA-The Savannah Sand Gnats took the second game of a four-game set in Columbus by beating the Catfish 5-1 at Golden Park tonight. The Catfish had just four base hits against three Savannah pitchers, while the Fish pitching staff walked eight batters and four of the five Savannah runs came in part due to a walk. LF Ryan Carter had two of the four Catfish hits and drove home the lone Catfish run with a double in the third inning. RHP Dimas Reina took the loss for Columbus on the hill, giving up two runs on four hits in four innings but walking five. 3B Ofilio Castro had three hits and a pair of RBI singles for Savannah tonight in their victory. The Catfish (47-60, 19-19 second half) and Savannah (51-57, 20-20) both move to .500 and a tie for second place in the SAL-Southern Division behind Kannapolis.

Reina gave up a two out single to Castro in the second inning, set up by multiple two-out walks. Against Savannah RHP Collin Balester in the third, CF Ryan Russ drew a walk and scored on Carter's double to right-center. The Catfish had just one runner at second base for the rest of the game, managing just four hits and eight baserunners in total. Savannah took the lead for good in the fourth when Reina walked Savannah 2B Trey Webb with the bases loaded.

The Sand Gnats scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning after RHP Brandon Weeden walked the bases loaded and two RBI singles followed. RHP Alex Morales pitched the eighth and a scoreless ninth for Savannah in the Sand Gnat win. Tomorrow, Catfish RHP Blake Johnson (9-3, 3.16 ERA) takes on LHP Ricardo Morales for Savannah at 7:00 PM at Golden Park in the third game of the current four-game series.

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