The Columbus Catfish closed the first half on a down note, losing to the Greenville Drive 12-7 this afternoon. It was the Catfish 4th loss in a row, a season high, and their 8th loss in 11 games.
Greenville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but the Catfish tied it up in the 3rd.
With 2 out in the 3rd, CF Desmond Jennings doubled, then scored on a single by 3B Joey Callender. DH Cesar Suarez followed with a double, scoring Callender and tying the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the bottom fell out. Greenville touch up starter Heath Rollins for 7 runs on an error, a walk, 4 singles, a double, 2 wild pitches, and a home run.
Down 9-2, the Catfish got a run back in the 5th. Jennings doubled, and moved to third on a ground out by Callender, then scored on a ground out by Suarez.
Greenville made it 11-3 in the 6th on a 2-run homer by Lars Anderson.
The Catfish put up 2 runs in the 8th. With 1 out, LF Ryan Royster walked, then, with 2 outs, stole second. 1B Matt Fields homered to make it 11-5.
Another Greenville run in the bottom of the 8th made it 12-5.
In the 9th, SS Jairo De La Rosa walked, then Jennings walked, then Callender singled to load the bases. Suarez followed with a single to right, scoring De La Rosa and Jennings. The Catfish couldn't put any more runs across, though. With 1 out, Royster singled to load the bases. After a pitching change, PH John Matulia popped out to deep second, and Callender was thrown out at home for the third out, ending the game.
Rollins took his third loss in a row, all coming since being named to the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which is in Rome Tuesday night. He allowed 9 runs, 8 earned, on 8 hits in 3 innings work, the 2nd game in a row he lasted just 3 innings. He struck out 3 Greenville batters and walked 2.
Ryan Morse pitched 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, with 1 strike out. Ryan Reid pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, striking out 2.
Jennings went 4-for-4, with 3 doubles and a walk, scoring 3 times. Callender was 2-for-4, with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. Suarez was 2-for-5 with a double and 4 RBIs.
The Catfish finish the first half 41-29, in third place, 9 games behind first-half winner Augusta. The second half starts Thursday when Savannah comes to town for a 4-game series.