After knocking the Augusta Greenjackets (Giants) from the ranks of the unbeatens the night before, the Columbus Catfish held Augusta scoreless for 8-2/3 innings. Unfortunately, they played 9 innings. And the Catfish ended up on the short end of a 1-0 score tonight.
The Catfish managed but 4 hits, however, 2 of those were doubles. 3 innings ended with a Catfish runner on third base. A total of 8 Catfish runners were left on base, 6 in scoring position.
Catfish pitchers allowed 5 hits and stranded 7 Augusta runners, including 5 in scoring position. Starter Joshua Butler allowed 3 hits over 6 innings, and struck out 4. Reliever Neal Frontz allowed 2 hits in 3 innings relief, striking out 3 and walking 1. He was tagged with the loss when Augusta scored an unearned run in the 9th.
Frontz pitched well in a losing cause. He got struck out the first two batters in the top of the 9th in a scoreless contest, before walking RF Matt Weston. He appeared out of the inning when Augusta 3B Ryan Rohlinger hit a grounder to third, but Catfish 3B Cesar Suarez bobbled the ball before recovering and throwing high to first. Following that error, Augusta DH Nestor Rojas lined a single to right field, scoring Weston.
That unearned run held up. Catfish RF Maiko Loyola walked, and after a pitching change, moved to second on DH Quinn Stewart's sacrifice bunt to first. However, Augusta reliever Juan Trinidad struck out 1B Matt Fields and got 2B Brett Grandstrand to ground out to short, ending the game.
Frontz was charged with the loss, his 3rd in 4 appearances out of the bullpen.
The Catfish fall to 7-7, 6 games out of first and 2 games out of 2nd.
The series continues Thursday night, with the Catfish hosting the 3rd game of this series on Simpson's 20th Anniversary.
Yes, the Simpsons. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, etc. Those Simpsons.
MinorLeagueBaseball.com calls the Thursday promotion one of the Top Ten promotions of the week in all of the minors. It should be fun.