Thursday, May 18, 2006

Catfish Swept By Rome

The Columbus Catfish were swept by the Rome Braves, losing their fifth game in a row, 6-0.

The Catfish were held to four hits and didn't get a runner to third base until one out in the ninth.

Despite allowing three home runs, the pitching staff had some bright spots, including striking out 11, eight by starter James McDonald. McDonald was saddled with the loss.

Off the field, the Catfish added a new pitcher to the roster after placing another on the DL, according to the Catfish Web site:

Catfish reliever RHP John Meloan has been placed on the disabled list with a right foot infection. In his only outing this season Meloan pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five on May 11 against the Savannah Sand Gnats.

To fill out the roster the Catfish have added RHP Dave Horlacher from extended spring training. Horlacher, originally from St. George, UT, attended Brigham Young University. In 2005 he posted a 1.69 ERA with 25 strikeouts while pitching 16 innings with the rookie-level Ogden Raptors. The Dodgers selected Horlacher in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

The Catfish head to Savannah tomorrow for the first of four games with the Sand Gnats before returning home to host the Charleston Riverdogs starting the 23rd.

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