The sixth inning of tonight's game with the Asheville Tourists (Rockies) was the best and worst for the Columbus Catfish. Ten runs in that inning by Asheville helped the Tourists come away with a 16-9 win.
Down 4-3, the Catfish scored five runs in the sixth. C Conor McGeehan opened with a walk, taking second base on a passed ball. He scored when LF Adam Godwin reached on an error. CF Bridger Hunt singled, moving Godwin to second. Godwin stole third, his team-leading 23rd theft. Hunt then stole second. SS Ivan De Jesus singled, driving in Godwin and moving Hunt to third. 1B Jason Mooneyham singled, scoring Hunt and moving De Jesus to second. De Jesus and Mooneyham each advanced on a wild pitch. After a groundout by 3B Russell Mitchell, 2B Travis Denker reaches on a fielder's choice, with De Jesus out at home. DH David Sutherland singled, scoring Mooneyham, and moving Denker to third. After Sutherland stole second, (his first swipe of the year), RF Lucas May singled, driving in Denker. When the third out was recorded, the Catfish had an 8-4 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, everything fell apart. After starter Mario Alvarez allowed a one-out, three-run homer, Kale Garrison came in to relieve him. Garrison faced six batters, each reaching base. The first batter singled, the next one he hit, then the next two walked, tying the game. The next singled, giving Asheville the lead. After walking his third batter, forcing in another run, Garrison was replaced by Joey Norrito.
Things didn't get better. The first batter he faced singled, driving in two more runs. He then hit a batter, then allowed a double, which gave Asheville its 9th and 10th runs of the inning.
An unearned run in the seventh, and a run forced in by a hit batsman in the eighth gave Asheville a 16-8 lead.
The Catfish scored a run in the ninth when Lucas May singled, went to third on Conor McGeehan's single, and scored on a double play. Bridger Hunt, Ivan De Jesus, and Jason Mooneyham all singled to load the bases, but Russell Mitchell grounded into a force out to end the game.
Garrison took the loss, his first of the season. The blown save was his second.
Offensively, the Catfish left 12 men on base, and actually outhit Asheville 17-13. Defensively, the Catfish committed three errors, but only one of the 16 runs they allowed was unearned.
Friday, the series with Asheville continues. The Catfish are now a game behind Asheville in the standings, in fourth place.