Sunday, July 8, 2007

Another Big Inning Dooms Catfish

The 5th inning did in the Columbus Catfish this afternoon. The Rome Braves scored 7 runs in the frame, then held on to beat the Catfish 7-6 in a rain-delayed game in Rome.

Offensively, the Catfish outhit Rome 14-9, but weren't able to overcome the rough 5th inning. Nevin Ashley went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Seth Dhaenens was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Cesar Suarez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. All other Catfish starters had at least 1 hit, except for Jairo De La Rosa, who drove in 1 run on a sacrifice fly.

The Catfish stranded 11 runners on base, 3 in scoring position. Two other base runners were erased when caught stealing.

Starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed 1 hit in 2 innings work, striking out one. Reliever Brian Baker started the 3rd inning, but didn't make it out of the 5th. He allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits, 5 in the 5th inning, striking out 3, but walked 3 and hit one. Neal Frontz came in, got the last out in the 5th, and finished the game, allowing 2 hits in 3-1/3 innings work.

The loss was the 3rd of the year by Baker. Frontz lowered his ERA to 1.81. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 18-2/3 innings.

The Catfish must win tomorrow night's game with Rome to avoid being swept by the cellar-dwelling Braves.

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