Friday, July 15, 2005

Catfish Winning Streak Ends

The rain and some hot bats by the opposing team ended the Catfish winning streak tonight. They fell to the Greenville Bombers (Red Sox) 7-3 in an 8-inning, rain shortened contest.

Of our two players, only Lucas May played tonight, getting a hit and driving in a run. He also made some great throws from his outfield position to keep the Greenville runners in check.

The road trip ends tomorrow night, and Sunday, for the first time in two weeks, the Catfish will have a home game.

More from the Columbus Catfish:

Catfish End Winning Streak with Rain-Shortened 7-3 Defeat vs. Greenville
2B Travis Denker Hits 19th HR of the Season in Catfish Loss

GREENVILLE, SC—The Columbus Catfish fell victim to both the rain and the Greenville Bombers tonight, as a rain delay in the eighth turned into a rain-shortened 7-3 loss in just over seven innings tonight for Columbus (39-50, 11-9 second half), ending a Catfish five-game winning streak.  2B Travis Denker hit a solo HR in the second inning tonight for the Fish, his team-leading 19th blast of the season.  RHP Jarod Plummer took the loss for the Fish, allowing six runs (four earned) in six innings of work.  Greenville DH Claudio Arias finished 2-3 with a HR, RBI, and three runs scored for the Bombers (45-43, 10-10).  The Catfish have won two of the first three games with Greenville and will wrap up the series tomorrow at Municipal Stadium at 7:05.  The Fish are now 6-4 on the current 11-game road trip.

Columbus took the lead in the first inning for the third straight night, as Denker drove home 1B David Nicholson with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 Columbus.  Greenville struck for two runs on two doubles and a hit batter in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead, their first lead of the series.  In the third, Denker hit the second pitch of the inning over the left-field wall.  At the time of his HR, his last five hits were all round-trippers.  Denker's HR was his seventh of the road trip (10 games).  Greenville reassumed the lead in the fourth inning on Arias's solo HR, but the Catfish got a double from RF Sergio Pedroza to lead off the sixth inning and a RBI single by Lucas May to once again tie the ballgame, this time at three.

Greenville scored three runs in the sixth inning on two groundouts and a single to take the lead and added one additional run on 1B John Otness's RBI single in the seventh.  The rains hit with one out and the bases clear in the top of the eighth inning tonight, but the action in Greenville constituted an official game after five full innings.  The Catfish will send LHP Scott Elbert (4-4, 3.41 ERA) to the hill in the series finale and the final game of the current 11-game road trip tomorrow at 7:05 PM.

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