Monday, August 18, 2008

Catfish sweep Hagerstown

Stephen Vogt scores game-winning run
Stephen Vogt greeted at home plate following his game-winning, 10th-inning homer.

For 9-1/2 innings, the Columbus Catfish were either behind or tied with the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals).

But in the bottom of the 9th, C Stephen Vogt gave the Catfish their first lead when he blasted the game-winning home run over the clubhouse roof beyond right field.

The 5-4 gave the Catfish a sweep of Hagerstown, their 4th win in a row, and their 13th win in 17 games.

Hagerstown scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning -- thanks in part to 3 Catfish errors, 2 by RF Quinn Stewart -- to take an early lead.

That held up until the 5th, when the Catfish tied it up. DH Mike McCormick, CF Maiko Loyola, and SS Shawn O'Malley all singled to lead the bases with 1 out. LF Reid Fronk drove in McCormick and Loyola with a single to right. 3B Greg Sexton singled, scoring O'Malley, tying the game.

Hagerstown got a run in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead.

In the 7th, the Catfish tied the game again. Loyola singled, moved to third on a single by Fronk, and scored on a wild pitch, knotting the game at 4.

Stewart redeemed himself well for the 2 2nd-inning errors with an amazing diving catch in the 8th to rob extra bases from Hagerstown LF Bryan Miller.

Things stayed knotted up until Vogt's 1-out solo shot in the 10th won it for the Catfish. It was the 6th round-tripper of the season, and the 2nd in 2 nights.

Jeremy Hall allowed 4 runs -- 3 earned -- in 5-2/3 innings work. Reliever Travis Risser pitched 4-1/3 innings, walking 1 in the 8th, and allowing a 10th-inning single for the only Hagerstown base runners he allowed. He picked up his 2nd win.

The first 5 Catfish batters in the lineup -- Loyola, O'Malley, Fronk, Sexton, and Vogt -- each had two hits.

With the sweep, the Catfish ended their next-to-last home stand with a 4-4 record. They head to Charleston Tuesday for 6 games in 5 days, before returning home next Monday for the final 5 home regular season home games.

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