Taking a short weekend trip to catch some baseball games is always fun. And the Wife and I are having fun this weekend. We made the trip to Rome this morning, planning to catch the first two games of the Catfish series with the Rome Braves. And game one went very well. The Catfish beat Rome, 5-1.
The latter part of the order did most of the damage for the Catfish. The 5, 6, 8, & 9 batters all had a multi-hit game. C Tony Harper was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI and a run scored. LF Adam Godwin was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. 3B Juan Rivera was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and 2 RBIs total. DH Eduardo Perez was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Rivera's home run was especially fun. I happened to wearing my #12 Catfish jersey (the other is #49) ... and was quite noticable when I stood up in the midst of the Rome fans applauding as #12 rounded the bases following his solo shot.
The Catfish scored in the 2nd inning. Tony Harper walked, then Eduardo Perez singled, moving Harper to 2nd. With 2 out, Adam Godwin hit a liner to right, scoring Harper and moving Perez to third. Juan Rivera knocked Perez in with a ground ball to center field.
After Rome put up a run in the 3rd, the Catfish answered with a run in the 4th. 1B David Sutherland doubled, then moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Adam Godwin's single to right.
In the 6th, Rivera hit his home run, making it 4-1. In the 7th, the Catfish scored their final run when RF Lucas May walked and stole second, and came home on Tony Harper's double to center.
Catfish P Mario Alvarez went 5-2/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits. David Pfeiffer pitched one inning, allowing one hit and a hit batsman. Doug Brooks came in with 2 outs in the 7th and 2 on base. He set down 7 straight to earn his 1st save.
Sunday afternoon, its game two. We'll be there.
Oh, and tonight's loss by Rome, coupled with the Augusta Greenjackets (Giants) win officially eliminates Rome from the second half championship. No matter. Since they won the first half, they're in the playoffs anyway.
The Catfish are on the bubble now, 13-1/2 games back with 15 games left on their schedule. It'll take a miracle to make the postseason. But, until they're eliminated, they're still in it. And we're cheering them on.