Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Columbus Catfish couldn't hold it and fell to the Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 6-5 Monday night.
The second inning looked like it might be a Catfish runaway, after they punched across 4 runs. LF Quinn Stewart led the inning with a double to left, followed by 1B Matthew Fields' single to right. Stewart then scored on 2B Joey Callender's ground out to first. SS Jairo De La Rosa walked, then moved to second on a passed ball while Fields scored. RF Maiko Loyola also walked. With two outs, CF John Matulia tripled, driving in De La Rosa and Loyola, making it 4-0 in favor of the Catfish.
Greenville put a run up in the bottom of the inning, closing the gap to 4-1. But the Catfish got the run back in the fourth inning.
Callender led off with a single to center, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by De La Rosa, and scored on Loyola's line drive single to center field.
Greenville got three runs back in the 5th, tied it up in the 6th, and took the lead in the 7th.
The Catfish threatened to tie it up in the 9th, putting runners on first and second with one out, but 3B Brett Grandstrand lined into an unassisted double play to the second baseman.
Fields and Callender each had two hits to lead the Catfish. The Catfish left 6 runners on base, 5 in scoring position. The loss drops the team to 5th place, 3 games out of first.
The second game of the series will be tomorrow night in Greenville.