Sunday, April 20, 2008

6th and 7th innings do in Catfish

Basil, Catfish fanTake away the 6th and 7th innings, and the Columbus Catfish would have won today. But that's now how baseball is. All at-bats, all innings, all runs count. And that meant the Catfish lost to the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 11-7 today.

Things started well enough. Catfish CF Emeel Salem reached on an error, then 2B Cody Cipriano hit a massive shot off the scoreboard netting over the Sonic sign in left-center, giving the Catfish an early 2-0 lead.

Then, with 2 outs in the 2nd, 1B Henry Wrigley hit a solo shot over the St. Francis sign in left.

Catfish starter Alex Cobb would keep Charleston off-balance through 5 innings, save an Abraham Almonte home run to right in the top of the 5th.

With the Catfish leading 3-1 in the 6th inning, things fell apart. Cobb appeared to suffer a twinge in his arm or shoulder, but shook it off after the trainer checked on him. However, an error, a single, and two doubles gave Charleston a 4-3 lead.

John Baird came on in relief, walked a batter, got the second out, but allowed an Almonte homer off the clubhouse roof in right, putting Charleston up 7-3.

In the bottom of the 6th, RF Maiko Loyola walked, advanced to third on a single by C Mike McCormick and an error by LF Austin Krum. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Wrigley.

Charleston added four more in the 7th. Wady Rufino blasted a 3-run shot over the door in the outfield wall in left-center, giving Charleston an 11-4 lead.

The Catfish didn't quit, though. 1B Shawn Williams and SS Joey Callender singled. Williams made it to third on a double play ball that erased Callender. He scored on a Cipriano single. DH Reid Fronk doubles, driving in Cipriano. 3B Greg Sexton reached on an error, scoring Fronk, and closing the gap to 11-7. After Loyola walked, Jason Stephens came in for Charleston and got McCormick to pop up, ending the game.

Cobb allowed 3 earned runs, 5 overall, on 9 hits in 5-1/3 innings work. He struck out a pair, and was tagged with the loss. He's now 2-2 on the year, with his ERA up to 2.45. Baird worked 1-2/3 innings, allowing 6 runs, all earned. Brian Flores worked the last 2 for the Catfish, allowing 2 hits and striking out three.

At the plate, Wrigley was 2-for-2, with a homer and 2 RBIs. Callender was 3-for-4. Cipriano was 2-for-5, with a homer, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBIs. Every Catfish batter reached base at least once in the game. They left 8 on base, 6 in scoring position.

The Catfish fall to 8-9 with the loss, and need a win tomorrow to earn a split with Charleston. The home stand concludes with Rome coming to town for games Tuesday and Wednesday.

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