Travis Denker hit two home runs, knocking in 4 runs, as the Columbus Catfish edged the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) 7-6.
Denker's first shot was a 3-run homer in the first inning. CF Bridger Hunt led off the Catfish 1st with ground ball single to center field, then stole second, and moved to third when SS Ivan De Jesus reached on an error. That's when Denker came to the plate and hit his 3-run shot off one of the billboards over left field, giving the Catfish a 3-0 lead.
In the 2nd inning, Kannapolis scored 2 runs to narrow the game. In the bottom of the 2nd, 2B Juan Rivera was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a botched pick-off attempt, and advanced to third on Bridger Hunt's single. After Hunt was caught stealing, Rivera scored on Ivan De Jesus' sacrafice fly to center. With the bases empty, Denker then hit his 2nd home run of the night, making it 5-2.
Kannapolis fought back with 2 runs in the 5th and 6th. In the 5th, Brandon Johnson singled in Salvador Sanchez. With 2 out, Brenton Metheny hit what should have been a double off the left field wall, scoring Aaron Cunningham scores. Catfish RF Lucas May played the bouce perfectly, and fired to second base to throw out Metheny, and stopping the rally with the Catfish holding a 5-4 lead.
Kannapolis took the lead in the 6th when 2 runs scored on a throwing error by Catfish SS Ivan De Jesus.
Down 6-5 in the 6th, the Catfish regained the lead when C Conor McGeehan doubled to right and scored on LF Adam Godwin's triple center field. Godwin scored on Juan Rivera's single, giving the Catfish a 7-6 lead which held up.
Kannapolis threatened in each of the last 3 innings. In the 7th, they had runners on second and third, but Catfish pitcher Kale Garrison struck out Francisco Hernandez to end the inning.
In the 8th, Kannapolis had the tying run on third with one out, but Matthew Gomez de Segura got Salvador Sanchez to ground out to third, and Aaron Cunningham to fly out to left to snuff the threat.
In the 9th, Kannapolis again had the tying run on base, but Brenton Metheny line to Catfish 1B David Sutherland who then stepped on first for an unassisted double play to end the game.
Garrison received credit for the win, while Gomez de Segura picked up his 4th save, filling the slot for former Catfish closer Ramon Troncoso who was promoted earlier today to Vero Beach.