That 5-game winning streak is starting to fade from memory now. The Rome Braves handed the Columbus Catfish their 4th straight loss tonight, 6-1, as the home stand winds down.
Rome built a 6-0 lead over the Catfish tonight, scoring a run in the 3rd on a single and a double; 3 in the 4th on 3 singles and a double; and a pair in the 6th on a double and 2 singles.
Catfish starter Josh Johnson was plagued by ground and fly balls that seemed to avoid the Catfish defense, as Rome tallied 10 hits in 5-2/3 innings, en route to the 6-0 lead.
Reliever Justin Garcia fared better, allowing a single in the 7th, but no other Rome base runners, striking out 5 along the way. Jesse Darcy pitched a perfect 9th for the Catfish.
Offensively, the Catfish had a hard time getting going.
2B Cody Cipriano doubled in the 1st inning, but was thrown out at home trying to score on a Greg Sexton (3B) single to end the inning.
The Catfish loaded the bases in the 3rd. SS Omar Luna singled then stole second and third. LF Reid Fronk was hit by a pitch, and Sexton walked, but the Catfish were unable to push anyone across.
The Catfish got on the board in the 7th, when DH Shawn Williams scored on an error, after reaching on a fielder's choice, then advancing to third on a Luna single and a ground out by CF Emeel Salem.
The Catfish managed a base runner in the 8th, and two in the 9th, but were again unable to score.
The loss drops Johnson to 1-2, and ups his ERA to 4.35.
Luna was the only batter to gather more than 1 hit, as Rome held the offense to 6 hits. Still, the Catfish had their chances, leaving 11 runners on base, 5 in scoring position.
With the loss, the best the Catfish can hope for on the home stand is an overall split. They beat Rome in 2 games to start the stand, then lost 3 of 4 to Charleston, before tonight's loss. A win tomorrow night earns a home stand split, and would give the Catfish a 3-1 home stand record against Rome. Jason Ragan (3-0, 0.47 ERA) takes the mound for the Catfish Wednesday night.