It took 1 inning to ruin the Columbus Catfish' night.
The Asheville Tourists (Rockies) put up 6 runs in the 5th inning, on their way to a 9-3 win over the Catfish Sunday night.
With the game tied at three and the bases loaded with Darin Holcomb at the plate, Columbus reliever Joshua Johnson uncorked a wild pitch to score Brian Aguailar and break the tie. Then Holcomb drilled a double to score the remaining two men to give the Tourists a three-run lead. The lead expanded when Jeffrey Cunningham doubled to bring in Holcomb, setting the stage for a blast over the right field fence off the bat of Brian Rike. Rike's tenth home run of the year gave the Tourists all the scoring they'd need.
The Catfish lost an early lead.
Columbus got out to an early lead in the second inning when two walks and a single led to a bases loaded, RBI single from Omar Luna to bring in a pair. Asheville answered in the second with a Rike RBI groundout. Greg Sexton added another run for the Catfish in the third with an RBI on his second of two singles on the night.
Woods Fines started and went 4 innings in the no-decision. Josh Johnson, in his 1st relief appearance, took the loss. Other than that 5th inning, Johnson allowed just 1 hit the rest of the way. He struck out 8 in 4 innings work.
Game 3 of the series is Monday night.