|Stephen Vogt homers for the Catfish.|
The second half run continues for the Columbus Catfish.
The Catfish turned 13 hits into 11 runs as they swept the Rome Braves tonight, 11-2, taking both games of the short series.
The Catfish took an early lead, when 2B Cody Cipriano tripled with 1 out, then scored on a sacrifice fly by RF Quinn Stewart.
In the 2nd inning, 1B Henry Wrigley walked with 1 out, then moved to third on a single by DH Shawn Williams. With 2 outs, SS Omar Luna singled Wrigley home, putting the Catfish up 2-0.
The 4th inning saw LF Stephen Vogt score on a fielder's choice RBI by Williams.
Rome managed an unearned run in the 5th, narrowing the score to 3-1.
The Catfish expanded their lead in the 6th. Stewart doubled, then scored on 3B Greg Sexton's double. Sexton moved to third on a wild pitch. After Vogt walked, Wrigley reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Sexton. Williams followed with a single to left, with Wrigley moving to third on an error. C Ian Paxton single home Wrigley, giving the Catfish a 6-1 lead.
Stewart walked to start the 7th, then scored on Sexton's 2nd double of the night. Vogt homered off the batting cage roof beyond right field, and the Catfish led 9-1.
Rome scored a run in the 8th, but the Catfish responded in the bottom of the inning.
Loyola singled to start the innings, then Cipriano homered to left-center, and the Catfish led 11-2.
Brian Flores pitched 7 innings, giving up an unearned run on 8 hits, striking out 5, en route to his 7th win. Josh Johnson went 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, notching a pair of strikeouts.
Every Catfish batter had at least 1 hit. Loyola, Cipriano, Sexton and Williams had 2 each.
The win gives the Catfish another short series sweep. They haven't lost a series in the 2nd half.
Monday, they head to Rome for 2 games, including facing Atlanta Braves P Mike Hampton in a rehab start.