Alex Cobb allowed one hit in 5-1/3 innings work as the Columbus Catfish took a 4-0 lead, holding on for a 6-3 win over the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) tonight.
DH Greg Sexton was the 4th straight Catfish to reach in the top of the 1st, driving in CF Emeel Salem, who had reached on an error, and 2B Joey Callender, who singled, putting the Catfish up 2-0.
In the 6th, Callender's 2-out single scored SS Omar Luna, who had singled and stolen second, making it 3-0.
The 7th inning saw Sexton and LF Stephen Vogt hit back-to-back doubles, putting the Catfish up 4-0.
Charleston scored a pair in the 8th, closing the gap, but the Catfish got the runs back in the 9th.
Vogt walked, C Mike McCormick reached on a fielder's choice, and, with 2 outs, they scored when Luna reached on an error, putting the Catfish up 6-2.
Charleston scored a run in the 9th, but the rally was cut short, and the Catfish had their 2nd win against the RiverDogs this season.
Cobb struck out 6 in his 5-1/3 innings work, and picked up his 3rd win. Travis Barnett pitched 2-1/3, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, recording 5 Ks. Travis Risser went the last inning and a third to notch his 5th save, striking out the final batter of the game.
Every Catfish batter reached base at least once tonight. Sexton led all batters, going 3-for-4, including 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a run scored. Callender, McCormick, Luna, and RF Maiko Loyola all had 2 hits.
The win snaps a 4-game losing streak against Charleston, and snapped Charleston's 8-game win streak overall.
The 3rd game of the series is Saturday night, with the Catfish looking for a win to earn at least a split in the series. Charleston will be trying to avoid their 2nd home lost of the season.