For only the 5th time in 24 games, the Columbus Catfish were beaten by the Rome Braves. Tonight, a 5-run 7th inning helped Rome do in the Catfish, 12-6.
Woods Fines allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings work, striking out 4. He left the game with a narrow 2-run lead. It didn't hold, as reliever Wilton Noel allowed 5 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings work, with all 5 runs coming in the 7th inning. It was his 2nd blown save and 1st loss of the year. Ryan Reid pitched 1 inning, and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, striking out 2.
Desmond Jennings went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a 2-run homer in the 4th inning that put the Catfish up 6-4. Seth Dhaenens was 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a double, and a triple.
Rome's bullpen did in the Catfish. After scoring 6 runs on 9 hits against Rome starter Jamie Richmond, the Catfish were held to just 2 hits the rest of the way, a single in the 5th, and a lead-off double in the 9th. No other Catfish reached base during the last 5 innings.
The win drops the Catfish from 1st place in the Southern Division, thanks to Augusta's win tonight. They're now in 2nd place, 1/2 game behind Augusta.
The Catfish have 2 more games with Rome on this road trip before heading to Charleston for a trio of games.