From the Columbus Catfish:
Catfish Lefties Dominate in 5-0 Shutout Over Rome
LHP Scott Elbert Throws Six Shutout Frames and Wesley Wright Follows with Three Scoreless in Seventh Catfish Shutout of 2005
ROME, GA—After tossing a seven-inning complete game shutout last Friday, LHP Scott Elbert backed up that performance with an equally stellar outing against the Rome Braves, combining with LHP Wesley Wright on a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 Catfish win over the Braves at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, GA. Elbert allowed just one hit in six innings while striking out five batters, and has not allowed a run in his last 13 innings, allowing just four hits in that time span. LF Ryan Carter and C Chris Westervelt each had two hits and two RBI for the Catfish, who scored runs in four straight innings tonight to even the series at one game apiece. Wright finished the game with three shutout innings, getting his first five outs via strikeout. The Catfish are back to .500 at 15-15 in the second half (43-56 overall) while Rome falls a game beneath the .500 mark at 15-16 (54-45 overall).
The Braves loaded the bases in the first inning with nobody out against Elbert, but Elbert struck out 3B Van Pope for the first out of the inning. With the bags packed, Elbert induced a popout into right that was caught by 2B Travis Denker, who threw out Rome LF Matt Young at the plate trying to score to end the inning. In the second, the Fish took the lead on an RBI single by Carter, and scored two more runs off Rome starter RHP Charlie Morton on a two-run single by Westervelt in the third inning. In the fourth, SS David Nicholson delivered a run scoring single, and Carter's fifth inning double capped the scoring for Columbus tonight in the 5-0 win.
The Braves came into the game with a red-hot offense, having pounded out 72 hits in the five games prior to tonight. The Catfish shutout is the seventh of the season thrown by the staff and second in last six days. Tomorrow, the Catfish take on the Braves at 7:00 PM at State Mutual Stadium, with RHP Jarod Plummer (0-1, 4.03 ERA) taking the hill for Columbus. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net South in the Southeastern US, and can be heard on WDAK 540 AM in Columbus and on www.columbuscatfish.com.