Another Unbelievable Comeback For Saints As They Win 3-2 In 11ST. PAUL, MN July 11, 2014
ANOTHER UNBELIEVABLE COMEBACK FOR SAINTS AS THEY WIN 3-2 IN 11
ST. PAUL, MN (July 11, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints are getting quite good at coming back in their last at bat. When it gets to extras they are downright perfect. For the second time in three nights the Saints used a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to eventually win in extras this time 3-2 over the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday night at Midway Stadium in front of 5,292.
With the Saints trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth the Saints came up with a huge defensive play to keep the deficit at one. Valdimir Frias led off with a double. Nick Schwamner singled to left and Frias tried to score, but Willie Cabrera’s throw, was a strike to the plate and Dwight Childs tagged out Frias for the out.
That set up the drama in the bottom of the ninth. With one out Henry Wrigley crushed a Kris Regas pitch over the left-center field wall for a solo homer, his 12th of the season, to tie the game at two and send the game into extras.
In the top of the 10th David Espinosa hit a drive off the right field wall and he cruised into second for a double. The first base umpire ruled it a home run saying it hit off the second deck of billboards. Saints manager George Tsamis came out to argue and the call was overturned to a double which sent T-Bones manager John Massarelli out to argue. He was eventually tossed and Saints reliever Dan Sattler was able to get two strikeouts to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 11th Joe Bonfe led off with a single. Cabrera tried to lay down a sacrifice, but the bunt went towards pitcher Jared Messer who threw out Bonfe at second. Jared McDonald pinch ran for Cabrera and he advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an intentional walk to Wrigley, Angelo Songco drilled a fly ball to left-center that fell in scoring McDonald for the game winner. Songco finished the night 3-5 with the game winning RBI. The Saints are now 5-0 in extra innings.
Both starters were superb with Jeff Shields of the Saints and Kyle DeVore of the T-Bones matching each other. The T-Bones struck first on a solo homer from Robby Kuzdale in the third, his fourth of the season, to make it 1-0.
The Saints would tie it in the seventh courtesy of a T-Bones error. Wrigley singled with one out. Songco then singled to center sending Wrigley racing to third. Kuzdale’s throw to third skipped by T.J. Mittelstaedt allowing Wrigley to score and tying the game at one.
In the eighth the T-Bones regained the lead on back-to-back triples by Mittelstaedt and David Espinosa to make it 2-1. Shields, however, would get a ground ball, a strikeout and a groundout to prevent another run from scoring.
The same two teams meet in the second of the three game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (4-3, 5.83) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Andy Noga (0-3, 4.36). It is a celebration of the 2004 Northern League Championship team and the Miracle League presented by Accurate HomeCare. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark 87.9 FM.