Monday, April 7, 2008

Catfish winning streak ends at ... one

That didn't last long.

After finally notching their first win of the season Sunday afternoon, the Columbus Catfish lost for the 4th time in 5 games, dropping an 8-6 decision to the Rome Braves on the road tonight.

It started out right, with the Catfish getting on the board first. With 2 out in the 2nd, C Mike McCormick walked and stole second. RF Maiko Loyola doubled him home, then scored on a single by 1B Henry Wrigley, to put the Catfish up 2-0.

In the 3rd, with 2 out, DH Reid Fronk doubled, then scored when 3B Gregory Sexton reached on an error, making it 3-0.

Rome closed the gap to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, then took the lead in the 4th on a single, a homer, a walk, and a pair of doubles.

Down 5-3, the Catfish tied it up in the 5th. Wrigley led off with a double to left, then scored when SS Omar Luna tripled. Following a pitching change, Luna came home on a sacrifice fly by CF Emeel Salem, knotting the game at 5.

Rome retook the lead in their half of the 5th on a 2-run homer by Rome RF Jason Heyward.

In the 7th, the Catfish narrowed the lead. 2B Cody Cipriano walked to start the inning. With one out, Sexton walked. Following a change on the mound, LF Shawn Williams singled to left, scoring Cipriano.

It's as close as the Catfish would get. Rome added one more in the 8th, putting the score 8-6.

At the plate, Wrigley was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Fronk was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. He scored once.

Overall, the Catfish had 9 hits, including 4 doubles and 2 triples. Additionally, 7 batters walked, and another 2 reached on errors. However, 3 runners were picked off first, and the Catfish left 9 runners on base, 6 in scoring position.

Defensively, the Catfish didn't commit an error, and they caught one Rome runner trying to steal.

P Jeremy Hall went 4 innings, allowing 5 runs, all earned, on 6 hits (including a 2-run homer) and a walk. He struck out 3.

Reliever Justin Garcia pitched 2 innings, allowing a pair of runs on a pair of hits, including a 2-run homer, and struck out 1. He was charged with the loss.

Brian Flores pitched an inning and 2/3, allowing 1 run and 1 hit, striking out 2. Christopher Fessler faced 1 batter, getting the Catfish out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th.

Same two teams Tuesday night in Rome, as the Catfish look to even up the series.

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