Bergin's Career High Six RBI Not Enough As Saints Blow Six Run Lead In 10-8 LossST. PAUL, MN August 24, 2016
In just his second game with the St. Paul Saints, after a trade from Sioux Falls, David Bergin proved why he was so coveted. Unfortunately, the Saints pitching staff couldn’t hold a six run lead as they lost 10-8 to the Wichita Wingnuts on Wednesday night at CHS Field in front of 9,334. The loss drops the Saints to 56-34 and their lead in the North is down to 3.5. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth stays at six.
After four innings the Saints had an 8-2 lead and looked like they were going to cruise, but things started to unravel in the fifth. Kramer Sneed, who was re-signed before the game after pitching in Mexico, retired the first two hitters he faced in the inning. Nick Van Stratten got things started by singling to center. Martin Medina hit a grounder to third, but Nate Hanson’s throw to first just pulled Bergin off the bag allowing Medina to reach on the error. The very next pitch Brennan Salgado hit for a three-run homer, his third of the season, to make it 8-5. Sneed departed after going 4.2 innings allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out six.
In the sixth Benji Waite walked the leadoff batter Christian Stringer and, with one out, walked Brent Clevlen. T.J. Mittelstadt made it 8-6 with an RBI single and Matt Chavez followed with an RBI single to make it 8-7. After a ground out by Van Stratten moved the runners up to second and third, Caleb Thielbar took over for Waite. Medina singled just past the glove of Hanson at third scoring two runs and giving the Wingnuts a 9-8 lead. Waite would take the loss going 1.0 inning allowing four runs on two hits while walking two.
The Wingnuts would add one more in the eighth on a solo homer by Chavez, his 11th of the season.
In the ninth the Saints had an opportunity to tie or win it against closer Frankie Reed. With one out Ryan Cavan and Tony Thomas reached on back-to-back singles. With two outs Hanson would walk to load the bases, but Vinny DiFazio flew out to left to end the game.
Bergin provided all the offense for the Saints early on. In the first Harris led off with a walk and stole second. With two outs Begin hit a two-run homer to straightaway center, his 16th of the season, and first with the Saints, to make it 2-0.
With the Saints leading 2-1 in the third Cavan walked with one out. Thomas hit a grounder to shortstop Leo Vargas, but the ball glanced off his glove for an error, putting runners at first and second. A wild pitch advanced the runners and Bergin came through with a two-run single to make it 4-1.
With the Saints leading 4-2 in the fourth a couple of other Saints got in on the act before Bergin came through for a third time. With one out and one on, Breland Almadova walked. With two outs Cavan provided an RBI single to make it 5-2. An RBI double by Thomas gave the Saints a 6-2 lead and Bergin capped off his six RBI night with a two-run single to left-center giving the Saints an 8-2 advantage. Bergin went 3-5 with a home run, a career high six RBI and a run scored.
The Saints have Thursday off and return to action on Friday against the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park at 6:35 p.m. The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (11-4, 3.27) to the mound against Saltdogs RHP Ryan O’Sullivan (4-3, 4.53). There is no radio, but the game can be heard online via saintsbaseball.com by clicking on the “audio” link on the front page.