Tuesday, June 3, 2008

One bad inning gives Catfish a dozen straight losses

It took just one inning ... a really bad inning ... to send the Columbus Catfish to their 12th consecutive loss Tuesday night.

The Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) slugged 5 home runs -- one a 3-run shot; the others, solo shots -- in the first inning to stake a 7-0 lead. The Catfish fought back, but weren't able to overcome the deficit, falling 7-4 to Savannah.

Despite striking out 3 Savannah batters in the 1st inning, starter Glenn Gibson allowed 7 runs on 6 hits, 5 of them home runs, as the Catfish fell behind 7-0.

The Catfish got 1 back in the 2nd, when C Ian Paxton singled home 3B Greg Sexton, who had singled to start the inning.

In the 3rd, RF Reid Fronk drove in 2B Omar Luna on a ground out to second for the Catfish' 2nd run.

Luna hit his first home run of the season in the 5th inning, making the score 7-3. He also scored on a wild pitch in the 7th, to close out the scoring, leaving the Catfish on the short end of a 7-4 score.

Sexton and Luna each had a pair of hits for the Catfish. Luna scored 3 of the Catfish' 4 runs.

Other than that 1st inning, the Catfish didn't allow another Savannah run. Gibson allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, striking out 6 in 4 innings work. He took his 8th loss of the season. Reliever Jeremy Hall went 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits, striking out 5, is 4th straight strong pitching performance.

Game 3 of the series is a day game, with the Catfish taking on Savannah at 11:00 AM Wednesday.

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