Columbus's Win Streak Continues
Columbus, GA - Alex Cobb (6-4, 2.03) took the mound tonight for the Catfish for his 16th start of the season against Eric Barrett (1-7, 5.68). Cobb was looking for his first win since May 12th vs. Hickory as his previous 7 starts has resulted in 2 loses and 5 no decisions despite only giving up 8 earned runs. All 7 of those starts had been decided by 1 run, and tonight's game was no different as the Catfish won by a score of 5-4. Unfortunately for Cobb he left the game in the 7th with the score tied 3-3; resulting in his 8th straight start without a win.
Rome struck first in the game with Freddie Freeman delivering his 11th home run of the season to put the Braves up 1-0.
Columbus struck back in bottom of the 4th as Reid Fronk scored off a ground out by Stephen Vogt. The Catfish would than go on to take the lead in the 5th inning. Omar Luna singled on the first pitch by Barrett in the 5th. Barrett over the course of the next 3 batters would throw 3 wild pitches allowing Luna to advance from base to base until taking home on the 3rd wild pitch to put the Catfish up 2-0. With 2 outs the Catfish were not finished as Eric Barrett walked Quinn Stewart after striking out the next 2 batters after Luna. After the walk Jaye Chapman (0-0, 3.94) came in and replaced Barrett. While Chapman faced Greg Sexton; his first batter, Stewart would on to steal 2nd and 3rd base. This set up a clutch single by Sexton to score Stewart putting Columbus up 3-1 after 5 innings.
Cobb who looked like he may have his first win in his last 8 appearances in reach, gave up back to back home runs in the top of the 7th off of Michael Fisher (4) and Cody Johnson (11) to tie the game back up at 3-3. This ended Cobb's start after 7.1 innings, and brought Jose Angel Mejias (1-1, 2.63) into the game. Cobb only gave up 3 hits in the game, but unfortunately all 3 resulted in home runs.
The Catfish would go on to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th off a sacrifice fly by Stephen Vogt to score Reid Fronk. This was the 2nd time in the game Vogt would drive home Fronk.
The Catfish lead going into the 9th by 4-3 and brought Austin Hinkle (0-2, 2.38) into the game for the save. Hinkle in his previous 3 save opportunities was perfect going 2.2 innings with 4 strike outs, but that all came to an end tonight. With 1 out Rome's Cody Johnson (12) would hit the Braves 4th solo and his 2nd home run of the evening. Not only did Hinkle blow the save, but it was also the first home run he had given up in his whole career. The home run would tie the game up at 4-4, and it looked like Rome and Columbus were headed for extra innings.
Rome brought in Michael Mehlich (0.0, 0.90) to replace Chapman for the 9th inning. With 1 out in the bottom of the 9th Maiko Loyola hit a single and would put the scoring run on base. With Chase Fontaine batting Loyola would steal second to set up the winning run. Chase Fontaine would earn a walk to put men on first and second. With the next batter Quinn Stewart at the plate Mehlich threw a wild pitch which was Rome's 5th wild pitch of the evening and allowed Loyola and Fontaine to advance. With Loyola on 3rd and Fontaine on 2nd, Quinn Stewart would fly out and bring Greg Sexton to the base. Sexton would hit a walk off Single to score Loyola, and win the game for the Catfish 5-4. This was the Catfish's 4th game of their win streak decided by 1 run.
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