Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Catfish Sweep Rome, Win 8th Straight, Are Eliminated from Playoffs

After being swept twice by the Rome Braves early in the season, the Columbus Catfish finally got to return the favor, sweeping Rome in Rome tonight.

Rome swept Columbus April 24-27 and May 15-18. Since losing those 8 in a row, the Catfish have gone 12-5 against Rome, splitting 1 series and winning 3, before finally sweeping this 4-game series.

In tonight's 7-inning contest, the Catfish fell behind in the 1st inning. Rome 3B Eric Campbell walked with 1 out, then stole second. The Atlanta Braves' Brian Jordan, in Rome on a rehab assignment, walked. After Campbell stole third, he scored on 1B Josh Morris' 2-out single.

In the 2nd, Catfish 3B Eduardo Perez reached on an error, 1B David Sutherland singled, and C Conor McGeehan singled to load the bases. Perez scored on RF Chris Jensen's sacrifice fly. After SS Juan Rivera singled to load the bases again, DH Bridger Hunt knocked in Sutherland with a sacrifice fly to right.

In the 3rd, LF Lucas May homered to lead off the inning. Eduardo Perez doubled, and moved to third on David Sutherland's ground out. Conor McGeehan walked, then on a wild pitch, Perez scored and McGeehan moved to second. After Chris Jensen walked, 2B Juan Rivera singled, scoring McGeehan.

Rivera had moved from short to second after Ivan De Jesus pinch hit for 2B Travis Denker in the second inning, then stayed in at short.

In the 6th, Perez singled on a liner to right, scoring De Jesus, who had reached on a fielder's choice, and making it 6-1 Catfish.

Arismendy Castillo pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and an earned run, and stiking out 9 batters, and won his 8th game of the year, and his 2nd against Rome this season.

After an off day Wednesday, the Catfish return to Golden Park Thursday, assuming the damage from this week's storm is repaired.

Despite the win -- the Catfish' 2nd of the day, their 8th in a row and the 11th in their last 12 -- the Catfish were officially eliminated from postseason play when Augusta won their game with Greenville tonight. With 12 games left on the schedule, the Catfish are 14 games behind Augusta, which has the best record in the league in the 2nd half.

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