In a back-and-forth game, the Columbus Catfish came from behind then held on to beat the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) tonight, 8-7.
Charleston scored 2 in the 2nd inning, then runs in the 4th and 5th to take a 4-0 lead before the Catfish fought back.
In the bottom of the 5th, Jairo De La Rosa hit his 4th home run of the year, a 3-run shot that scored Seth Dhaenens, who had led the inning with a single, and Brett Grandstrand, who reached on an error. The homer also won $700 in lottery tickets for a lucky fan, with a promotion the Catfish are running with the Georgia Lottery.
Quinn Stewart hit his 11th homer of the season in the 5th inning to tie the game.
In the 7th, with 1 out, Desmond Jennings singled, then moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt. John Matulia walked, and both batters moved up a base on a wild pitch. Cesar Suarez hit his 28th double, scoring Jennings and Matulia. Nevin Ashley walked, then he and Suarez each stole a base. With 2 outs, Quinn Stewart walked to load the bases. Then, Dhaenens singled to left, scoring Suarez and Ashley, and putting the Catfish up 8-4.
An error, two singles and a double by Charleston in the 8th closed the gap, 8-7. Columbus native Brian Baker came in and closed out the 8th, then the 9th to pick up his 5th save.
Wilton Noel pitched 2 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits to get his 2nd win. Starter Ryan Morse went 5 innings, allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, and struck out 5, but left with the Catfish down by a run and didn't figure in the decision.
Jennings, Dhaenens, De La Rosa, and Ryan Royster each had 2 hits. Each Catfish batter scored a run, save one.
The win, coupled with losses by Asheville and Augusta puts the Catfish back in first place.
The series with Charleston concludes tomorrow night, before the Catfish head to Rome for 3 games, and to Charleston for 3 more.