The Columbus Catfish won their first series of the year, and picked up a split on the road trip, beating the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) 7-4 tonight.
Things started well for the visitors.
With 2 outs in the 2nd inning, LF Stephen Vogt doubled on a fly ball to left, 1B Henry Wrigley walked, and SS Omar Luna singled to center, scoring Vogt and putting the Catfish up 1-0.
Savannah tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd, when Matthew Bouchard scored on a Jose Jimenez single.
The game stayed tied until the 6th inning. 3B Gregory Sexton doubled to start, moved to third on a ground out by Loyola, and scored on a sacrifice fly by C Mike McCormick. Vogt walked, then scored on a double by Wrigley. Luna singled to right field, scoring Wrigley, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it out.
With the Catfish up 4-1, Savannah's Richard Lucas closed the gap somewhat with a solo home run over the left field wall.
A single and a triple in the Savannah 7th made it 4-3.
In the 8th, the Catfish extended their lead. Sexton and Loyola singled to start the inning. With 1 out, Vogt loaded the based with a single. Wrigley reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Sexton, and putting runners on the corner. Following a pitching change, Luna singled, scoring Loyola and putting the Catfish up 6-3.
A hit batsman and two singles allowed Savannah to close the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the 8th.
The Catfish added another run in the 9th. PH Seth Dhaenens reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a fly ball single by Sexton, and scored on a fielder's choice, with Loyola getting the RBI. That run put the Catfish up 7-4.
Luna was 4-for-4, with 3 RBIs to lead all batters. Sexton was 3-for-5, with a double and 2 runs scored. Vogt was 2-for-4 with a double and also scored twice, while Wrigley was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
Alex Cobb allowed a run on 4 hits over 5 innings, picking up his 2nd win of the year. He stuck out three. Justin Garcia allowed a pair of runs on 3 hits in 2 innings work. Jesse Darcy allowed a run on 2 hits in an inning's work. Travis Risser picked up his second save. He allowed 2 hits in the 9th, but struck out Lucas ... who hit that home run in the 6th ... to end the game.
The win was the 3rd in the 4-game series in Savannah, and gave the Catfish a 4-4 record on the road trip.
The Catfish return home tomorrow night, facing the Rome Braves in a pair of games, before hosting division leader Charleston beginning Friday night.