Although it was only 94° at 2:00 PM, it did warm up a bit. The lack of a breeze made it feel even warmer, with reports of a heat index of 105° during the game.
Though falling behind by four, the Catfish caught up and tied Greenville. Then they fell behind by five, but didn't quit. But they didn't catch up, either, falling 2 runs short.
A scare in the ninth happened when Ryan Russ had to be removed when he injured himself on a fly out. He was being transported to a medical facility after the game in true Georgia-style: in the bed of a pick-up truck!
Our player, Dan Batz, had the day off until he was called on to pinch hit in the 9th inning. He never took the field on defense.
Game three of the series is tomorrow night.
More on the game from the Columbus Catfish:
Season-High Crowd at Golden Park Sees Catfish Fall 9-7 to Greenville
Catfish Rally but Strand Tying Run On Base in Ninth
COLUMBUS, GAGreenville 2B Jeff Natales two-run triple capped a five-run eighth inning for Greenville as the Bombers beat the Catfish 9-7 at Golden Park in front of a season high 2,635 fans. The Catfish rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning behind a two-run double by LF Ryan Carter and a game-tying two-run single by CF Ryan Russ. Greenvilles offensive outburst in the eighth proved too much to overcome. The Bombers win ties the series at one game and gives the Catfish an 11-10 lead in the season-series. LHP Liam OFlaherty was tagged with the loss out of the bullpen today for Columbus, with RHP Kyle Jackson earning the win in relief for Greenville. The Catfish fall to 27-26 in the second half, 55-67 overall, while Greenville is 27-29 in the second half with the win, 62-62 overall.
Greenville led 4-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning with starter RHP Gary Galvez allowing just three base hits in the first six. 3B Blake DeWitt led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a C Chris Westervelt single. After a walk to load the bases, Carter drove Galvez from the game with a two-run double to the right-center gap. Facing RHP Kyle Jackson, Russ singled to left to tie the game at four.
In the top of the eighth, OFlaherty walked one, hit one, and gave up back-to-back run scoring singles to Bomber 3B Chuck Jeroloman and SS Christian Lara. Natale tripled to center against RHP Albenis Castillo, and DH Andrew Pinckney added an RBI double to make it 9-4. In the bottom of the eighth, RF Sergio Pedroza homered for the 10th time in 35 games, a three-run shot to bring the Fish to within a pair. Pedrozas HR was his fourth at home despite having just six hits in 48 AB at Golden Park.
In the ninth, the Catfish got a double from DH Steven Sapp and a single by LF Brandon Carter to put the tying run on base, but 1B David Nicholson struck out looking to end the game. Tomorrow RHP Steve Nelson (3-2, 4.96 ERA) makes his second start of the season in the third game of the series with Greenville, beginning at 6:00 PM with the first pitch at Golden Park.