The 2nd half is still early -- just two games -- but its beginning is way different than the 1st half for the Columbus Catfish.
A back-and-forth game went down to the wire, and a 6-run 8th inning secured the 11-8 win over the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) Friday night.
Charleston put 3 runs up in the top of the 1st inning, but the Catfish came right back.
With 1 out, SS Shawn O'Malley singled and stole second. DH Chase Fontaine singled to center, putting runners on the corners. 3B Greg Sexton got the Catfish on the board with a single to short that scored O'Malley. RF Quinn Stewart doubled, sending Fontaine and Sexton home. With 2 outs, and runners on first and second,1B Stephen Vogt singled, driving in Stewart and putting the Catfish up 4-3.
Charleston scored 2 in the 3rd to retake the lead.
The Catfish tied it in the 4th, when O'Malley drove in 2B Omar Luna, who had doubled to start the inning, and moved to third on a bunt single by CF Maiko Loyola.
In the 8th, Charleston took a 7-5 lead, but the Catfish came back strong.
Vogt walks, went to third on a double by Luna, and scored on a single by Loyola. O'Malley singled, scoring and tying the game. Following a wild pitch and stolen base, Fontaine walked to load the bases. A fielder's choice left the bases loaded with 1 out. Stewart tripled, scoring O'Malley, Fontaine and Sexton, then scored on a sacrifice fly by LF Reid Fronk, putting the Catfish up 11-7.
A Charleston run in the 9th made it 11-8, and that's how it ended.
Stewart and Loyola were both 4-for-5 on the night. Stewart had 2 doubles and a triple, driving in 5 runs. O'Malley and Luna also had multiple hits for the Catfish.
Starter Jesse Darcy allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits during 6 innings pitched. He struck out 4. Jose Angel Mejias went 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 1 hit, striking out 3, and getting credit for the win, his first. Justin Garcia pitched the 9th, allowing a run on 2 hits.
The 3rd game of the series is Saturday night, with the Catfish in the unusual position of taking the series with a win.