After winning two in a row to earn a split with Charleston, the Columbus Catfish dropped the series opener in Savannah against the Sand Gnats (Nationals).
Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on 3B Russ Mitchell's solo homer (his 9th round-tripper of the season, second-best on the team), but Savannah scored 4 runs on two doubles, two singles, and three walks in the bottom of the second. A run in the 6th and another in the 7th, and the Sand Gnats had too much of a lead for the Catfish to overcome. Columbus scored 2 in the 8th on two singles and an error, but couldn't close the gap any further, and wound up on the short end of a 6-3 score.
Starter David Pfeiffer was charged with his second loss of the season against one win. His first 13 appearances were out of the bullpen.
Saturday, the Catfish and Savannah play a double-header, making up a game rained out in Columbus last week.