The Catfish jumped out to an early lead, then held on to win the game, 4-2, to claim their 5th win in a row, including all four games against Asheville:
Columbus picked up three early runs against Cory Riordan, two of which were unearned. Shawn O'Malley was hit by a pitch in the first, stole second, advanced the third on a passed ball and scored on Reid Fronk's sacrifice fly. In the third, two more Catfish would cross the plate off Riordan (7-8); Stephen Vogt singled home Omar Luna, then scored on a wild pitch with Fronk at the plate to make it a 3-0 game.The win, coupled with Augusta's loss Tuesday night, pulls the Catfish to sole possession of 2nd place, 2-1/2 games behind Augusta.
For the third night in a row, the Tourists picked up five or fewer hits. One of them came in the seventh on Bo Bowman's solo home run - his second of the series and season - to put the Tourists on the board. The Catfish answered in the eighth on an RBI single by Henry Wrigley to reclaim their three-run lead at 4-1.
Lars Davis drove a run home in the eighth inning with a single to bring the Tourists back to within two. Darin Holcomb followed with a base hit only to see Bowman strike out with two aboard to end the inning. Asheville threatened again in the ninth when Michael Mitchell was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. He was caught stealing with Brian Rike at the plate, and the threat died down, with Kevin Clark striking out to end the game.
Alex Cobb (8-7) was spectacular for the Catfish in a scoreless six inning outing, allowing just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Austin Hinkle survived a wild ninth to pick up his tenth save of the season.
The Catfish open a series in Savannah Wednesday night.