Biggest Inning Of Season Leads Saints To 10-7 Win Over SaltdogsST. PAUL, MN August 22, 2014
BIGGEST INNING OF SEASON LEADS SAINTS TO 10-7 WIN OVER SALTDOGS
LINCOLN, NE (August 22, 2014) – Midway through their game with the Lincoln Saltdogs the St. Paul Saints found out the Winnipeg Goldeyes had won the North Division. Despite the bad news the Saints used their largest run output in any one inning this season, when they scored eight in the fifth, to defeat the Saltdogs 10-7 at Haymarket Park on Friday night. They still have a chance at the Wild Card trailing Laredo by 7.0 with 10 games to play.
With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the fifth they sent 12 men to the plate, roped six hits and were aided by two huge errors. Joe Bonfe led off the inning with a single and Keith Brachold was hit by a pitch. Joey Becker then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by pitcher Zach Varce, but his throw to first went down the right field line allowing Bonfe to score, tying the game at one, and sending runners to second and third. Tyler Peterson hit a grounder to third, but Eddie Young dropped the ball and a run scored on the play to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. Vinny DiFazio laid down a safety squeeze that was fielded by first baseman Ian Gac, who thought about throwing it home, decided against it and when he went to throw to first Varce was not covering the bag as DiFazio was given an RBI single which made it 3-1. Devin Thaut sacrificed the runners to second and third and Evan Bigley extended his hitting streak to a career tying high 14 with an RBI single that made it 4-1. Willie Cabrera’s RBI fielder’s choice made it 5-1. Angelo Songco then hit a two-run homer to right, his 14th of the season, to make it 7-1. Bonfe collected his second hit of the inning and then scored on a triple by Brachold to make it 8-1. The eight runs surpassed the seven the Saints scored on June 25 in the eighth inning at Fargo.
The Saints made it 10-1 in the sixth when DiFazio was hit by a pitch and Thaut walked. A single by Bigley loaded the bases and Songco came through again with a two-run single. He finished the game 2-5 with a homer, four RBI and a run scored.
The Saltdogs battled back scoring three in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Brian Joynt and a two-run homer by Matt Forgatch to make it 10-4. Saints starter Anthony Claggett went 7.0 innings allowing four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five.
The Saltdogs would tack on a couple in the eighth off of reliever Mikey Mehlich. Ian Gac and Joynt led off with back-to-back singles and an RBI groundout by Mike Gilmartin and an RBI single from Forgatch made it 10-6.
In the ninth Mehlich loaded the bases with one out on a single by Luis Nunez, a walk to Jon Gaston and a single by Gac. After getting Joynt to line out, Mehlich left the game for Matt Meyer. He walked Gilamrtin to force in a run and cut the lead to three. With the tying runs on Meyer struck out Forgatch on a 3-2 backdoor slider to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.
The same two teams meet Saturday evening in game four of a five game series at Haymarket Park at 7:05 p.m. The Saint send RHP Ben Hughes (4-2, 4.89) to the mound against Saltdogs LHP Kevin McGovern (3-2, 3.19). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.