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Catfish tie SAL home run record06/16/2005 10:05 PM ET
By Daren Smith / MLB.com
Balls were flying out of Golden Park on Thursday night as Travis Denker hit three of Columbus' record-tying eight home runs in the Catfish's 18-5 victory over the Rome Braves.
Denker became the sixth player in team history to hit three homers in a game and the first since Russell Branyan on April 12, 1996. The 19-year-old designated hitter struck out in his first at-bat, but cleared the fences in each of his next three plate appearances.
In the third inning, Denker hit a solo shot off Rome starter Luis Atilano. It was his ninth of the season and second in 21 games. He connected off Atilano again leading off the fifth to snap a 4-4 tie. Denker then helped break the game open with a three-run blast in the sixth off reliever Jason Paul.
Paul had relieved Atilano in the fifth and was greeted by Juan Apodaca, who crushed a two-run homer to left field. Jamie Hoffman hit another two-run shot off Paul to cap Columbus' seven-run sixth.
Blake Dewitt and Cole Bruce contributed solo jacks and Brandon Carter added a two-run round-tripper for the Catfish, who tied the South Atlantic League team record for home runs in a game. The Charleston RiverDogs set the mark on May 28, 2004 against Greensboro.
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