Barnese Dominates, Saints Use Two Long Balls To Defeat T-Bones 6-1ST. PAUL, MN August 4, 2014
BARNESE DOMINATES, SAINTS USE TWO LONG BALLS TO BEAT T-BONES 6-1
KANSAS CITY, KS (August 4, 2014) – Nick Barnese made sure to put his worst start of the season in the rear view mirror. Throwing on three days rest after lasting just 2.0 innings in his last start, Barnese dominated on Monday evening against the Kansas City T-Bones as the St. Paul Saints used two long balls to win 6-1 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and now trail first place Winnipeg by just 2.5 games. They remain tied for the Wild Card with Laredo, but the Saints hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their three game sweep of the Lemurs.
Barnese started strong mowing down the first two hitters he faced. After giving up a double and an infield single that put runners at the corners with two outs, Barnese got Nick Schwaner to ground out to end the inning.
In the third Barnese gave up a one out single to Danny Richar who moved to second on a ground out, but Ray Sadler flew out to end the inning.
Barnese retired six in a row until he gave up a one out single to Robby Kuzdale in the fifth. T.J. Mittelstaedt doubled him home, but Mittelstaedt was thrown out trying to go for third. It was the only run Barnese allowed as he retired the final seven batter he faced in going 7.0 innings allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out eight. He threw 93 pitches, 61 for strikes.
The Saints got Barnese all the offensive support he needed in the second when Angelo Songco and Evan Bigley singled with one out. Jake Taylor then hit a three-run homer, his fifth of the season and third in four games, to give the Saints a 3-0 lead.
The Saints used the long ball in the third when Songco hit an opposite field homer off the left field pole, his 12th of the season, to give the Saints a 4-0 lead.
Songco struck again in the eighth with the Saints leading 4-1. Jared McDonald led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Willie Cabrera, who extended his hitting streak to 17 games, tied for the seventh longest in franchise history and longest since 2012 when Jose Hernandez hit safely in 18 straight. Songco’s single to right scored McDonald to make it 5-1.
Devin Thaut tacked on a sacrifice fly in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the game.
Mikey Mehlich tossed 2.0 hitless, shutout innings of relief as the last hit Saints pitchers gave up was the double by Mittelstaedt in the fifth.
The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Saints send RHP Drew Gay (4-0, 2.41) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Kyle DeVore (3-4, 4.26). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.