Border Bashed, Saints Swept By Goldeyes Lose 6-4ST. PAUL, MN August 14, 2014
BORDER BASHED, SAINTS SWEPT BY GOLDEYES LOSE 6-4
WINNIPEG, MB (August 14, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints have found the worst time to equal their longest losing streak of the season, dropping their sixth straight game and in the process getting swept by the Winnipeg Goldeyes in a 6-4 loss at Shaw Park on Thursday evening. The loss pushes the Saints 6.0 games behind the Goldeyes and 5.0 games behind the Wild Card leading Laredo Lemurs, who were still in action.
Unlike the first two games the Saints jumped out to a big lead, one they couldn’t hang on too. The Saints put up four runs in the third, all with two outs. With one out Joey Becker singled. With two outs Devin Thaut singled Becker to second. Evan Bigley dropped an RBI single into left field to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Willie Cabrera, who homered three times on Tuesday, drilled his fourth homer of the series, a three-run shot to left-center, his ninth of the season, giving the Saints a 4-0 lead.
The Goldeyes would chip away getting on the board in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases with three singles. A sacrifice fly from Tyler Kuhn made it 4-1.
In the fourth Donnie Webb led off with a triple and scored on a double by Josh Mazzola to make it 4-2.
The Goldeyes tied it one inning later when Brock Bond led off the fifth with a walk. He moved to second on a single by Jake Blackwood. Kuhn’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners over. Casey Haerther’s RBI single made it 4-3 and an RBI groundout by Reggie Abercrombie tied the game at four.
The Saints had a chance in the seventh to take the lead when Becker led off with a double, but Dwight Childs failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt and wound up grounding out. Devin Thaut struck out and two batters later so did Cabrera.
That gave the momentum to the Goldeyes who plated two in the bottom of the inning. Bond led off with a walk and Blackwood singled him to third. That chased starter Nick Barnese for reliever Mikey Mehlich. Kuhn’s sacrifice fly gave the Goldeyes a 5-4 lead. Haerther and Abercrombie followed with singles, the latter driving in a run.
The Saints had an opportunity in the ninth when they loaded the bases with two outs on singles by Thaut and Bigley and a walk to Cabrera. Keith Brachold, however, grounded out to short to end the game.
The Saints return home for a three game homestand beginning Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the New Jersey Jackals. The Saints send RHP Drew Gay (5-1, 2.83) to the mound. It is the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Wizard of Oz. The game can be heard on Sports Radio 105 The Ticket.