Saturday, June 25, 2005

Catfish: One-run Loss Number 17

Catfish The Catfish again failed to get over .500 tonight, and lost their 17th 1-run game of the season, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Rome Braves.

Only one of players the wife and I sponsor, Dan Batz, played tonight. He was hitless, breaking his 10-game hitting streak.

From the Columbus Catfish:
Rome Lefthanders Handle Catfish Bats as Fish Fall 2-1

Catfish Squander Chance in Ninth Inning Stranding Tying and Go-Ahead Runs On Base

ROME, GA— Rome left-handers Matt Harrison and Will Startup gave up just one run on six hits to the Columbus Catfish as the Fish dropped a pitcher's duel 2-1 to the Braves at State Mutual Stadium in Rome tonight. Rome's Clint Sammons' solo HR in the sixth inning was the first round-tripper for Rome since June 14th and provided the difference tonight. In the top of the ninth inning, the Catfish loaded the bases with two outs but failed to score. RHP Brandon Weeden took the loss for the Catfish despite allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings tonight on the hill.  The Catfish have not been above the .500 mark in either half, slipping to 2-3 in the second half and 30-44 overall while Rome's win breaks a four-game losing streak as the Braves improve to 40-33 and 1-4 in the second half.

Rome took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning but the Fish responded by tying the game in the fifth.  After RF Ryan Russ drew a leadoff walk, LF Ryan Carter ripped a double to left to tie the game.  Carter's hit was the first and only hit off Matt Harrison tonight and the only hit for Columbus in the first seven innings.  Sammons hit a 1-0 Weeden fastball over the wall in left to give Rome the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Will Startup came out of the bullpen and picked up the save tonight for Rome.  The Catfish had the tying run at second in the eighth inning and failed to score.  In the ninth inning, Russ led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games.  After a C Gabriel Gutierrez double with two outs put runners on at second and third, CF Jamie Hoffmann came to the plate with a chance to tie the game. Hoffmann's slow roller to third allowed him to leg out an infield single, but Russ slipped at third and went back to the bag, unable to score the tying run.  Startup struck out SS Brandon Carter to end the game with the tying run at third and go-ahead run at second.  Tomorrow Rome and Columbus square off at 2 PM in the final game before the 2005 SAL All-Star break, as LHP Scott Elbert (2-4, 3.65 ERA) is the probable starter for the Fish.

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