With seven games left in the first half, the Columbus Catfish need to win out to have a chance to capture first place. They began that quest tonight with a 6-5 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats tonight.
Sergio Pedroza hit his league-leading 15th home run of the season, added a double and an RBI single to lead the attack. David Sutherland was 3-for-4 with a run scored to contribute to the attack.
The Catfish and the Sand Gnats were tied at three in the seventh inning when Drew Locke scored on a SAL All-Star 3B Russ Mitchell sacrifice and a throwing error by losing pitcher Don Levinski.
SAL All-Star pitcher Cory Wade pitched 7 innings to pick up his 4th win of the season.
With the win, the Catfish are now 5-½ games out with six games left. Division-leading Rome and second-place Augusta were rained out tonight. Each has seven games left in the first half.
The four-game series in Savannah continues Tuesday night, before the Catfish travel to Rome to close out the first half.