Catfish reel in Jackets

The Columbus Catfish took another bite out of the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday night, though it required a little extra work.

 

Columbus' Desmond Jennings doubled, stole third and scored on a passed ball in the top of the 11th inning to give the Catfish a 3-2 win at Lake Olmstead Stadium.


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Columbus handed Augusta its first back-to-back losses of the season, after shutting out the GreenJackets on Wednesday.

The Catfish were on their way to doing the same thing Thursday.

Columbus led 2-0 after seven innings before RBI hits from Dayton Buller and Brian Bocock tied the score.

In just the second extra-innings game of the season for Augusta, the GreenJackets failed to score with a runner on third in the 10th and the side struck out in the bottom of the 11th.

Columbus (22-12) is the only team with a winning record against first-place Augusta (26-8), moving ahead 4-3 in the season series going into the final game of the four-game series tonight.

Catfish starter Wilton Noel outshined Augusta starter Henry Sosa, who surrendered two runs.

Left-hander Clayton Tanner tossed 5w innings of stellar relief, striking out a career-high seven, but was charged with the hard-luck loss.

Sosa gave up an unearned run in the second, after Ryan Royster reached on an infield error. Matt Fields came through with a RBI double on a perfectly executed hit-and-run for the 1-0 lead.

Sosa cruised into the fourth, when Cesar Suarez led off with a single and scored on Royster's RBI hit to left to make it 2-0. It snapped Sosa's streak of 28 innings without allowing an earned run.

Bocock led off Augusta's seventh with a double to right off reliever Neal Frontz, and moved to third on a groundout. But Frontz escaped the one-out jam with a pair of strikeouts.

Ryan Owen couldn't preserve a second consecutive shutout for Columbus.

He surrendered a leadoff single to Henry Gutierrez in the eighth, and Buller followed with a RBI double to left center to make it 2-1. Bocock tied it 2-2 with a two-out RBI single to left.

The GreenJackets threatened in the 10th, getting the leadoff hitter aboard and using two outs to move him to third. But Owens struck out James Simmons to end the inning.

Reach Steven Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or steve.l.sanders@augustachronicle.com.

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