Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Close Enough To Perfect

Go Catfish!Columbus Catfish pitcher Cory Wade tied a Columbus professional baseball record with 26 straight batters retired tonight en route to a 3-0 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Wade, who improved to 3-2 with the win, used 101 pitches to set down 27 out of 28 batters faced. The only blemish was Savannah 3B Ofilio Castro's double just inside the right field line in the first inning with one out. Following that hit, Wade set down the next 26 batters he faced.

That ties a Columbus record set in 1970 by Columbus Astros pitcher Bill Greif, who set down 26 straight from the first inning to the 10th inning against the Savannah Indians in a Southern League game.

The Catfish offense punched across three runs in the fourth inning to post Wade to a 3-0 lead, which held up. The runs came on a David Sutherland two-out single, with an advance to third on a two-base fielding error on Savannah CF Francisco Plasencia. Lucas May beat out a grounder to short to plate Sutherland. Tony Harper followed with his third home run of the season to make it 3-0, which is how it held up.

The win keeps the Catfish in third place in the South Division of the South Atlantic League. They go for the sweep of the Sand Gnats Thursday night before opening a series with the Rome Braves on Friday.

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