The Ryan Express (7th & 8th batters Ryan Russ and Ryan Carter) both had solo shots to first stake the Catfish to a lead in the 2nd, then to retake the lead in the 5th.
Our player, Dan Batz had a hit in the game tonight. Our player from last year, Brandon Carter, though hitless, made a great play running into the outfield, and beat out a fielder's choice in the tenth on the play that allowed Ryan Carter to score the winning run.
Tomorrow, an early afternoon game should be a scorcher. Today's game had a 99° temperature at first pitch, and it started at 7:00 PM. The 2:00 start time should be really warm.
More on today's game from the Columbus Catfish:
Tenth Inning Greenville Error Gives Catfish 4-3 Victory in Series Opener
LF Ryan Carter Hits 9th HR and Scores Winner in Fish Victory
COLUMBUS, GA2B Brandon Carter legged out a fielders choice and an errant throw by Greenville SS Christian Lara allowed LF Ryan Carter to score from third as the Fish pulled out an extra-inning 4-3 win in the series opener against the Greenville Bombers at Golden Park. Both Ryan Carter and CF Ryan Russ homered for the Catfish, as Columbus improved to 27-25 in the second half with the win (55-66 overall) as Greenville fell to 26-29 (61-62). RHP Nate Hochgesang allowed a run in the ninth but pitched three innings, allowing just a run while striking out five to earn his first victory of the season for the Fish.
Columbus led 1-0 in the second when Russ homered in his first AB against RHP Jarrett Gardner for Greenville. Russ had not driven in a run since the last time the Fish played Greenville on July 31st and had not gone deep since July 26th but put the Fish out in front. In the second on his 20th birthday, 3B Blake DeWitt drove home SS David Nicholson with a two out single to center to give the Fish a 2-0 lead. Greenville scored runs off starter RHP Chris Malone in the fourth and fifth to tie the game, but Ryan Carters solo HR gave the Catfish the lead back in the bottom of the fifth.
Malone pitched a scoreless sixth, while RHP Blake Johnson shut out the Bombers in the seventh, and Hochgesang threw a 1-2-3 top of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, Greenville 3B Chuck Jeroloman tied the game with a single off Hochgesang The Catfish did not score in the ninth, but won it in the tenth. A lead-off single by Russ put a runner at first, but Ryan Carters unsuccessful sacrifice forced Russ at second for the first out. After a single to right by C Gabriel Gutierrez, Brandon Carter hit a bouncer to second. On the double play turn, Greenville SS Christian Lara bounced the throw past 1B John Otness, allowing Ryan Carter to score the winning run. Tomorrow the Catfish and Bombers play the second game of the series with RHP Dimas Reina (0-3, 5.79 ERA) taking the mound for a 2:00 PM first pitch.