Tuesday night, it was a big 4th inning for the Columbus Catfish. Wednesday afternoon, it was a big 4th inning for the Rome Braves.
Rome scored 5 in the 4th to take a 7-run lead, holding on to beat the Catfish, 10-5 in an afternoon game.
Two singles, a wild pitch, and two sacrifice flies put Rome up 2-0 in the 1st. Three singles, two walks, and a sac fly drove starter Glenn Gibson from the mound in the 4th, down 6-0. One of the runners he left scored, and Gibson and the Catfish were down 7-0.
The Catfish closed the gap ... a little ... in the 5th. 1B Henry Wrigley reached on an error by Columbus native and former Russell County High School star Adam Coe who played 3B for Rome. Wright moved to second on a single by 3B Seth Dhaenens, and scored when C Ian Paxton hit into a double play.
In the 6th inning, 2B Cody Cipriano hit his first homer of the year, a shot over left center, narrowing the gap to 7-2.
Rome make it 8-2 in the bottom of the 6th on a single, two wild pitches, and a sacrifice fly.
RF Maiko Loyola hit his first home run of the season in the 7th, this one over the wall in right field, and it was 8-3.
Rome's Cody Johnson hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 7th, extending Rome's lead, 10-3.
In the 8th, CF Emeel Salem singled and stole second. He scored when Cipriano doubled to right. Following a ground out, DH Mike McCormick singled him Cipriano in from third, making it 10-5.
Salem, Cipriano, and McCormick all had two hits for the Catfish. The Catfish did leave 6 runners on base, but only 1 of those were in scoring position. Four double plays helped keep Rome out of serious trouble.
Gibson had another tough outing, taking his 2nd loss. He allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits in 3-2/3 innings. His ERA has jumped to over 11, but it's only his 2nd game of the year. He did strike out 3 Rome batters.
Reliever John Baird went 2-1/3, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 3. Christopher Fessler went 2 innings, allowing a pair of runs on 2 hits.
The loss drops the Catfish to 2-5 on the young season, 4 games behind first place Asheville and Charleston. The series with Rome concludes tomorrow night, with the Catfish needing a win to gain a split, before heading to Savannah for what we hope won't be a head-hunting contest.