The Columbus Catfish managed to turn a 4-2-4 triple play to snuff out a Rome Braves rally this afternoon, then went on to win the game in the 9th inning, 5-4, to take 2 of 3 in the series.
The Catfish had jumped out out to an early lead. In the 1st inning, with 1 out, CF John Matulia singled, then moved to second on a ground out, and scored on a double by DH Cesar Suarez. LF Ryan Royster then hit his team-leading 10th homer, making it 3-0.
Rome scored a run in the 3rd, to make it 3-1.
The Catfish got that run back in the 7th. With 1 out, 1B Seth Dhaenens and 3B Joey Callender both reached on errors. Dhaenens then scored on a sacrifice fly by C Craig Albernaz, to put the Catfish up 4-1.
Rome managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th, then threatened to take the lead in the 8th. Rome's Willie Cabrera singled, then took second on a wild pitch. Tyler Flowers singled, moving Cabrera to third. Chase Fontaine hit a grounder to Catfish 2B Brett Grandstrand, who tagged Flowers for the first out. He threw to Albernaz who tagged Cabrera out at home for the second out. Albernaz threw back to Grandstrand, who tagged out Tyler Flowers, who was trying to move to second on the play at the plate.
After turning the triple play, the Catfish took the lead in their next at bat. Royster doubles, and was replaced on the base paths by Desmond Jennings, who moved to third on a ground out by Dhaenens. Callender hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jennings, and putting the Catfish up 5-4.
Rome went down in order in the 9th, and the Catfish had the win.
The first half ends after the Catfish play 4 games at Greenville. Game 1 of that series is tomorrow night.