The Columbus Catfish blew a 2-run lead in the 9th, but batted around in the 16th to take the second game of the series with the Rome Braves Sunday, 8-3.
Rome pitcher Lance Cormier stuck out 4 (yes, 4) Catfish batters in the 1st inning, as the Catfish jumped out to a 1-0 lead. CF Desmond Jennings led the game with a double to left. Cormier stuck out DH John Matulia, and then 3B Cesar Suarez, but a wild pitch on strike three allowed Suarez to reach first, and Jennings to make it to third. Catfish C Nevin Ashley was the third strike out victim for out 2. LF Ryan Royster singled, scoring Jennings. RF Quinn Stewart struck out for the third out and the 4th strike out of the inning.
Rome tied the game in the 5th on a single, a sacrifice, and a double. The double was Rome CF Jordan Schafer's South Atlantic League-leading 11th.
The Catfish re-took the lead in the 6th. With 1 out, Ashley was hit by a pitch, then stole second. With 2 out, Stewart doubled, scoring Ashley. 1B Matt Fields reached on an error, allowing Stewart to score.
The Catfish went down in order in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Rome had runners in scoring position in the 6th and 7th innings, and tied the game in the 9th. A walk, a double, and a throwing error sent the game to extra frames.
In the 10th inning, the Catfish had the bases loaded with 1 out, but Rome P Ryne Reynoso struck out the next 2 batters to end the threat.
The 11th saw the Catfish get a runner on first, but double play ended that. In the 12th, two runners reached, but were thrown out, one at second, and one at home for the third out.
The Catfish had runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 13th, but a strike out ended that. In the 15th, a base runner reached on a single, but the pinch runner was picked off.
Things finally broke loose in the 16th. Fields singled, but was forced out as 2B Joey Callender grounded to third. Brett Grandstrand replaced Callender on the base path, and moved to second when SS Jairo De La Rosa walked. Jennings walked to load the bases. With 2 outs, Suarez drew a walk, scoring Grandstrand, C Matt Spring walked, scoring De La Rosa, and, after a pitching change, LF Maiko Loyola walked, scoring Jennings. With the bases still loaded, Stewart singled, sending Suarez and Spring to the plate. However, Loyola was thrown out at third, for the third out, but the Catfish had an 8-3 lead.
Ryan Reid, who came in to pitch to start the 13th, set Rome down in order in the bottom of the 16th to earn the win.
Starter Woods Fines pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 5. Ryan Morse pitched 6 innings of relief, allowing 1 earned run, but the unearned run cost him the save. He allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Reid didn't allow a hit in his 4 innings on the mound, striking out 4 and earning his 1st win.