If it wasn't for the 7 runs that Asheville scored in the 9th inning, the Columbus Catfish would have only lost by 8 runs.
That's the good news.
And that's about the only good news of the night.
What should have been a fun pitching matchup turned into batting practice for the visiting Asheville Tourists, who clobbered 22 hits in their 16-1 win over the Catfish tonight. It's the worst loss by a Columbus team since ... well, I'm still searching for that.
Catfish starter Jason Ragan pitched into the 4th inning, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits ... including 3 home runs ... in 3-plus innings work, getting tagged with his first loss of the season.
The Catfish only managed 5 hits, but coaxed 5 walks out of the Asheville staff.
Oh, that pitching matchup? We got half of it. The Asheville half. Tourists starter Sheng-An Kuo had his best outing of the year, pitching 7-2/3 innings, finally running out of gas and hitting his pitch count at the same time. It's only his second game where he made it through the 5th inning. He's won both of those games.
The Catfish kept it from being a shut-out when they scored in the 5th. C Mike McCormick doubled, then moved to third and then scored on back-to-back ground outs by DH Stephen Vogt and 1B Henry Wrigley.
The Catfish threatened at times during the game, but couldn't put anything together against Kuo. The 1st inning ended when RF Maiko Loyola was caught stealing third. The 2nd ended with LF Reid Fronk stranded at third. The 8th ended with the bases loaded. And the game ended with a runner in scoring position for the Catfish.
The Catfish look to put this night behind them. They take on Asheville in game two of this four-game series tomorrow morning at 11:00.