For the second night in a row, the Columbus Catfish let a game get away from them in the ninth inning.
Last night, the Catfish led 3-0, only to lose 6-3. Tonight, they were tied with the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox), 1-1, only to lose in the ninth, 4-1.
A paltry 644 fans braved weather that seemed colder than the reported 52 degrees at game time. Both teams bats seemed cold, too, for most of the night.
Columbus had four hits through 5 innings, while had 3. None amounted to any serious scoring opportunities. That changed in the 6th when a single, stolen base, error, and sacrifice fly amounted to a run for Kannapolis.
The Catfish tied the game in the 7th when 2B Joey Callender singled, advanced to second on a balk, then scored on a ground ball to center by SS Jairo De La Rosa.
It remained tied until the 9th, when hometown favorite Brian Baker, who had pitched perfect 7th and 8th innings, using only 20 pitches, ran into trouble. A double, a walk, and error, and three singles accounted for 3 Kannapolis runs, all officially earned, though I had one of the runs unearned. I guess that's why I'm in the stands, and not in the press box, huh?
More about the game from the Columbus Catfish.
The loss drops the Catfish to 5th in the division, two games behind the leaders.
The opening home series concludes tomorrow afternoon, with the Catfish needing a win to earn a split.