Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Savannah beats Catfish, 4-1

The Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) evened the series with the Columbus Catfish Tuesday night, with a 4-1 victory.

Savannah's Carlos Guzman blasted 2 home runs ... his first in nearly a month ... to lead the Savannah attack.

Guzman hit the first homer out to left in the third off Columbus starter Jason Ragan. In the fifth, he parked his second four-bagger of the night just inside the foul pole in left field. All three round-trippers for the switch-hitting outfielder have been opposite field homers from the left side of the plate. He added a double in the seventh for his third hit.

The power display from Guzman overshadowed a wonderful debut from Savannah starter Nick Carr. Carr (1-0) joined Savannah from High-A St. Lucie on Monday and earned his first win of 2008, allowing 1 run on just 4 hits in 7 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 4.

Columbus trailed 2-0 in the eighth when Quinn Stewart doubled and Reid Fronk drew a walk to end Carr's night. Jose Bierd entered and limited the damage, permitting a sacrifice bunt and RBI groundout before striking out Steven Vogt to end the threat and preserve a 2-1 lead. Bierd worked a perfect ninth to earn his team-best seventh save.

Jason Ragan took his 4th loss of the year for the Catfish.

Game 3 of the series is Wednesday afternoon.

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