Thursday, July 3, 2008

Catfish lose third straight

After a blistering start, the Columbus Catfish have hit a cool spot.

They lost their third straight Wednesday night. The Hickory Crawdads (Pirates) beat the Catfish 3-2 Wednesday night.

The worst of it? The Catfish had the lead midway through the 8th inning, but lost it during what turned out to be Hickory's last at-bat.

After a Quinn Stewart sacrifice fly drove in the first run for the Catfish in the first inning and Chase Fontaine's first home run of the year ran Columbus' margin to 2-0 in the eighth, Hickory scored three runs in the eighth to roar to a comeback.

Andrew Walker started the charge with a solo home run to lead off the frame, getting the 'Dads within a run. Then a slew of Columbus miscues helped Hickory complete its triumph.

In the remainder of the inning, the Catfish committed two errors, saw a passed ball, threw a wild pitch, hit a batter and walked a batter, culminating in Albert Laboy's go-ahead sacrifice fly to drive in Danny Bomback and give the 'Dads their 3-2 lead.

The loss is the third straight for the Catfish, who opened the second half of the season with a 9-1 record.

The series with Hickory continues Thursday night.

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