The Columbus Catfish ended the first half with a 4-game losing streak. Tonight, they opened the second half dropping a 3-2 decision to the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets).
Savannah scored unearned runs in the 1st and 2nd to take a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Royster and Maiko Loyola hit back to back doubles in the Catfish 2nd, closing the gap to 2-1.
Another run in the 7th gave Savannah a 3-1 lead.
The Catfish fought back, though. Cesar Suarez doubled to lead the Catfish 8th. He moved to third on a ground out by Nevin Ashley, and scored on a ground out by Royster, putting it 3-2. But that's as close as the Catfish could get.
For the night, the Catfish stranded 8 runners, 4 in scoring position.
Wade Townsend lost his 5th game in his last 6 decisions, despite not allowing an earned run. He allowed 4 hits in 5 innings, striking out 2, but walking 4. Ryan Morse allowed a run on 3 hits in 2 innings work, striking out a pair. Wilton Noel pitched an inning, allowing 1 hit, and striking out 1. Ryan Reid pitched an inning, with a strike out.
Royster had a pair of hits to lead the Catfish, scoring a run and driving in a run.
The series with Savannah continues Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Friday is fireworks, and Saturday, they're giving away baseball cards. We'll see the fireworks, but miss the card giveaway. We're going to Panama City Beach Saturday.