For the first time this season, the Columbus Catfish have won back-to-back games. Tonight, they beat the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets), 9-2, keeping Savannah winless at home.
As in the Catfish first win of the season, they solved Savannah starter Nathan Vineyard early on.
Catfish 3B Gregory Sexton singled to start the 3rd inning. CF Maiko Loyola doubled, putting two runners in scoring position. With 1 out, Sexton scored on a ground out by LF Stephen Vogt. 1B Henry Wrigley tripled, scoring Loyola, putting the Catfish up 2-0.
In the 3rd, DH Emeel Salem reached on an error, making it to third. With 1 out, Salem scored on a sacrifice fly by RF Reid Fronk, and the Catfish were up 3-0.
In the 5th, Wrigley led off with a walk. SS Omar Luna singled, then Salem bunted his way on, loading the bases. 2B Joey Callender doubled, scoring Wrigley and Luna scores. Fronk walked, loading the bases again. Salem scored when Vineyard issued another walk. Following a pitching change, Loyola doubled, sending Callender and Fronk accross the plate. With 1 out, Sexton scored on a ground out to first by Vogt, and the Catfish lead was up to 9-0.
Savannah got on the board in the 8th, when 3B Jacob Eigsti hit a 2-run shot off Catfish reliever Kevin Boggan.
Salem and Loyola each had 3 hits for the Catfish. Loyola had a pair of doubles, drove in 2 runs, and scored once. Salem scored twice. Callender and Sexton each had a pair of hits. Callender had a double, 2 RBIs and scored a run. Sexton had an RBI and scored twice. Wrigley had a hit, and RBI, and scored a run. Luna had a hit and scored once. Vogt, though hitless, had 2 RBIs. Fronk was also hitless, but walked 3 times, scored once, and had an RBI.
Catfish starter Jason Ragan had his second good start against Savannah. He went 7 innings, scattering three hits and striking out a pair. Boggan, after allowing 2 runs on 2 hits in the 8th, set down the last 5 batters he faced.
The win improves the Catfish' record to 4-6, and have moved up to 5th place, still 5 games behind 1st place Charleston, who also won tonight.
The series continues Sunday afternoon, with the Catfish guaranteed at least a split in a series for the first time this year.