Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Catfish swept by Asheville

The Road Trip From Hell ended this afternoon. The Columbus Catfish lost their 6th straight game to conclude a 1-7 road trip, falling to the Asheville Tourists (Rockies) 2-1.

Like in so many games of this road trip, the Catfish were in the game, but were unable to close the deal. Today, leading 2-0 going into the bottom of the 8th, they couldn't hold the lead, falling 2-1.

Trailing 1-0 headed into the bottom of the eighth, Brian Lapin walked with one out and Lars Davis singled to bring up Everth Cabrera, who reached on a bunt to load the bases. Michael Mitchell would tie the game with a single and a Jeffrey Cunningham walk would give the Tourists the run they needed to take a 2-1 lead into the ninth.

Columbus scored their run in the fourth inning, when Maiko Loyola scored on a defensive error. They cruised through the majority of the game, as starter Alexander Cobb took a no-hitter into the sixth before Michael Mitchell broke it up with two outs as part of his 2-4 day at the plate. Cobb threw seven shutout innings on just one hit, walking only one and striking out six.

Cobb had another hard-luck outing. He's not won since May 12, despite allowing just 3 earned runs in his 3 starts. Despite the bad luck, he's 3rd in the league in wins and has one of the top ERAs in the league (2.13).

The Catfish return home Thursday night, hoping things will be better. However, their home record this season is 9-15 (.375) compared to 11-17 (.393) on the road.

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