From the Columbus Catfish:
Fish Unable to Capitalize on Five Rome Braves Errors and Fall 9-7 in Series Opener
2B Brandon Carter and RF Ryan Russ Each with Three Hits in Catfish Loss
ROME, GA—The Rome Braves overcame sloppy defense and a tenacious Columbus offense in a 9-7 victory at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, GA. 2B Brandon Carter finished 3-4 with a double and two RBI while RF Ryan Russ hit a homer and reached four times in the Catfish loss. Rome broke a 7-7 tie with two runs in the eighth inning against Catfish RHP Dimas Reina, beating the Catfish for the 10th time in 2005 in 16 games. Columbus falls under .500 in the second half to 14-15 (42-56 overall), while Rome gets back to .500 with the win at 15-15 (54-44 overall). LF Matt Young went 4-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Braves.
Catfish took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double by DH Travis Denker, who had two more RBI tonight to give him a team-best 67 this season. However, Rome scored two runs in the first and one in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead against Catfish starter RHP Brandon Weeden. In the third, Carter ripped the second of his three hits, a double to right, and scored on an RBI single by 3B Blake DeWitt to cut the deficit to 3-2. Matt Young's two-run double helped to cap a three-run third for the Braves as they increased their lead to 6-3. The wild scoring continued in the fourth, when the Catfish came back to within a run after a sacrifice fly and Carter's two run two-out single to make it 6-5 Rome.
Trailing 7-6 in the seventh, Russ hit a solo HR down the left field line to tie the game. In the bottom of the eighth, three Braves hits including the game-breaking RBI double by Rome RF Brandon Jones gave the Braves a 9-7 lead. While the Catfish put the tying run on base in the ninth, they could not score, giving Rome a series-opening victory. Tomorrow LHP Scott Elbert (5-5, 3.23 ERA) takes the hill for Columbus at 7:00 PM at State Mutual Stadium.