Eighth Inning Savannah Rally Lifts Gnats to 7-4 Win Over Fish
Savannah Beats Columbus 3-1 in Four-Game Set and 13-11 in Season Series
SAVANNAH, GA-Savannah 3B Ofilio Castro drove in three runs including two with a double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Sand Gnats beat the Catfish 7-4 this afternoon at Grayson Stadium. The win gives the Sand Gnats a 13-11 season series victory over the Fish and a three games to one win in the four-game set. The matchup was the final road game of the season for Columbus, who finished 27-42 on the road this season but 17-17 away from Golden Park in the second half. For the second straight day, CF Ryan Carter hit a home run, a two-run blast in the fourth. The Catfish return home tomorrow for the final eight games of the season sporting a 57-71 overall record (29-30 2nd half),
Carter's homer gave the Fish a 2-0 lead against RHP Collin Balester in the top of the fourth inning. It was his seventh HR of the month and his team leading 12th on the season. LHP Scott Elbert started for Columbus and while he had thrown 19 straight scoreless innings, he allowed a pair of runs to Savannah on a two-run single by DH Doug Vroman to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Against RHP Brian Akin in the fifth and sixth innings, Savannah plated a run in each of the frames to take a 4-2 advantage.
Columbus scored a run in the seventh on a 1B Dan Batz sacrifice fly and tied the game on a solo HR by SS Dominique Laurin in the eighth inning. Savannah scored three runs against Catfish closer RHP Albenis Castillo to beat the Fish 7-4 at Grayson Stadium. Tomorrow the Fish come back to Golden Park at 7:00 PM to take on the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants) with RHP Chris Malone (9-5, 3.47 ERA) taking the hill for the Fish.