The Columbus Catfish dropped only their 3rd game to the Rome Braves this season, falling 5-3 tonight.
The Catfish took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Leadoff batter Desmond Jennings (CF) reached on an error, then stole second. RF Maiko Loyola bunted his way on, moving Jennings to third. Jennings then scored on the play when Rome C Phillip Britton threw wild to first while trying to make the play on Loyola.
Rome scored a run in the 2nd to tie it, 2 in the 3rd to take the lead, and another in the 5th to make it 4-1.
In the bottom of the 5th, with 1 out, SS Jairo De La Rosa reached on a bunt single. Jennings was hit by pitch, and both runners advanced on a passed ball. Loyola walked to load the bases. That's when 3B Cesar Suarez singled to left, scoring De La Rosa and Jennings, closing the gap to 4-3.
But that's as close as the Catfish would get.
Rome added an insurance run in the 8th.
Although the Catfish had runners on base in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, they were unable to convert.
Woods Fines took the loss, going just beyond 5 innings pitched, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, and walking 2. Matt Falk allowed a run on 3 hits in 3 innings work, striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched 1 inning, facing 3 batters, striking out 2.
The Catfish are now 12-3 against Rome this year. The loss drops them to 4 games behind Augusta, who beat Asheville tonight.
The series with Rome concluded tomorrow morning at 11:00. I'll be there. Hot. Sweating. And getting a sunburn.