Monday, August 22, 2005

Catfish Fall To Greenville Again

CatfishFrom the Columbus Catfish:
Furious Late-Inning Rally Falls Short in 9-7 Loss to Greenville
Fish Score Five Unanswered in Final Two Innings; Back to .500 in Second Half

COLUMBUS, GA—With the tying run at second base and the winning run at first in the ninth inning, the Columbus Catfish had a chance to come all the way back from a 9-1 deficit tonight against the Greenville Bombers, but the rally fell two runs short in a 9-7 defeat. Columbus scored three runs in the eighth and three in the ninth inning but dropped their second consecutive 9-7 game. CF Ryan Carter homered for the sixth time this month for the Catfish in the loss, and 1B Dan Batz also contributed a pair of hits for the Fish. The Catfish fall back to .500 in the second half at 27-27 (55-68 overall) with the loss while Greenville moves to 28-29 in the second half (63-62) with the win. Greenville leads two games to one in the series and the season series is now tied at 11 with one to play.

Greenville scored the first four runs tonight, getting a pair of RBI from 1B Logan Sorenson and a homer for the second straight day by DH Andrew Pinckney. In the bottom of the fifth against starter LHP Mike Rozier, CF Ryan Carter homered off the scoreboard in left to put the Catfish on the board. Carter later had a double, and has hits in 18 of his last 20 games. Trailing 4-1. the Catfish bullpen gave up two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to allow Greenville to take a 9-1 lead.

On a single, a hit-batsman, and a walk, the Fish loaded the bases in the eighth with nobody out. PH Justin Crist drove in a run with a groundball that SS Chuck Jeroloman booted, allowing two runs to score. Trailing 9-4 in the ninth inning with two outs and the bases empty, six straight Columbus hitters reached base. SS Dominique Laurin drove in two with a single to right, and 3B Blake DeWitt drove in a run and brought the tying run to second with another RBI single. With the bases full and two outs, DH Steven Sapp flied out to end the contest. Tomorrow Columbus sends LHP Scott Elbert (7-5, 2.85 ERA) to the hill in the final game of the homestand against Greenville LHP Roger Lincoln (3-1, 4.60 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM at Golden Park.

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