Cabrera Ties Franchise Record With Three Homers, But Saints Lose 6-4ST. PAUL, MN August 12, 2014
CABRERA TIES FRANCHISE RECORD WITH THREE HOMERS, BUT SAINTS LOSE 6-4
WINNIPEG, MB (August 12, 2014) – The first two trips the St. Paul Saints took to Shaw Park in Winnipeg Willie Cabrera did not go. Not only did he make the trip this time, but he made his presence known by tying a franchise record with three homers and 12 total bases. Unfortunately, the Saints didn’t provide much else offensively and lost the first game of an all important three game series to the Winnipeg Goldeyes 6-4 on Tuesday evening at Shaw Park. The Saints now trail the Goldeyes by 4.0 games in the division with 21 games to play.
Cabrera crushed the first of his three homers in the first. With two outs and nobody on he sent one over the left field wall off of starter Nick Hernandez. The home run was his sixth of the season.
The Goldeyes wasted little time in answering back off the league’s top pitcher, Anthony Claggett. The Goldeyes loaded the bases when Claggett walked leadoff hitter Brcok Bond, gave up a single to Jake Blackwood and walked Tyler Kuhn. With one out Reggie Abercrombie tied the game with an RBI single to right. Donnie Webb followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Goldeyes a 2-1 lead.
Cabrera wasn’t the only one to homer on the evening as the Goldeyes got two solo shots of their own in the sixth. Ryan Pineda made it 3-1 with a solo homer with one out, his fourth of the season. With two outs Blackwood hit one over the left-center field wall, his seventh of the season, to make it 4-1.
Cabrera came calling again in the sixth, this time an opposite field solo home run to right, his seventh of the season, to make it 4-2.
Each time the Saints scored, however, the Goldeyes had an answer. In the bottom of the sixth Abercrombie led off with an infield single to the pitcher Claggett. Donnie Webb’s singled moved Abercrombie to second. After a failed sacrifice bunt by Josh Mazzola, Luis Alen singled home Abercrombie to make it 5-2 Goldeyes.
With the Saints trailing 6-2 in the ninth Evan Bigley led off with a single. Cabrera then hit his third homer off Hernandez, a two-run blast to left center, his eighth of the season. Cabrera tied a record set by Saul Bustos (June 1, 1999 at Madison) and Jonathan Van Every (May 23, 2011 vs. Grand Prairie) for most home runs by a Saints player in a game. He also tied those two players and Brian Sprout (June 7, 2006 @ Lincoln) for most total bases in a game with 12. Cabrera finished the night 3-4 with three home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. It was the first three homer game of his career. He’s had two, two home run games in his career, both last season with the Saints including one against the Goldeyes.
Hernandez was pulled for left-handed reliever Brendan Lafferty. Henry Wrigley singled to center and the Saints brought the tying run to the plate, but Lafferty retired the next three Saints he faced to end the game.
The same two teams meet Wednesday evening in game two of the three game series at Shaw Park at 7:00 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (5-6. 6.72) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Matt Jackson (8-6, 4.13). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.