Different League, Same Result As Saints Lose Seventh Straight In 7-5 Loss To JackalsST. PAUL, MN August 15, 2014
DIFFERENT LEAGUE, SAME RESULT AS SAINTS DROP SEVENTH STRAIGHT IN 7-5 LOSS TO JACKALS
ST. PAUL, MN (August 15, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints were hoping for a different result as they took on the first place team in the Can-Am League, the New Jersey Jackals. Unfortunately, it was the same story as the past six games losing 7-5 on Friday evening at Midway Stadium in front of 6,378. The loss was the Saints seventh straight tying them for the third longest losing streak in franchise history.
With the game tied at one in the fourth the Jackals put up a three spot. Jeremy Barnes singled with one out and advanced to third on a single from Joe Dunnigan. A fielder’s choice ground out plated Barnes to give the Jackals a 2-1 lead. The next hitter, Jon Taylor, hit a two-run homer to left, his 11th of the season to make it 4-1.
The Jackals built a 5-1 lead in the fifth when Felix Sanchez led off with a bunt single and then scored when pitcher Drew Gay’s pickoff attempt went awry allowing Sanchez to score all the way from first.
The Saints fought back in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at five as they sent 10 men to the plate, worked four walks and three hits, two of them of the infield variety. Devin Thaut led off with an infield single to second. He moved to second on a wild pitch and, with one out, advanced to third on a single by Willie Cabrera. Keith Brachold drew a walk to load the bases. Henry Wrigley made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly. Angelo Songco followed that up with a two-run double to right-center that got the Saints to within one at 5-4. The next three hitters all walked on four pitches, as Dwight Childs was the last of the trio which forced in the tying run.
The game stayed tied until the eighth when Jon Talley reached on a three base fielding error by Songco at first. With one out he scored on a single by Richard Arias giving the Jackals a 6-5 lead. After Arias was thrown out trying to steak Felix Sanchez walked. He moved to second on a balk and scored on a single from Alonzo Harris to give the Jackals a two run lead.
The Saints managed just two hits and three base runners over the final four innings.
This is the fourth time in Saints history that the team has lost seven straight games. The only two losing streaks longer are eight which occurred from June 20-29, 1999 and May 28-June 4, 2002.
The same two teams meet in the second game of the three game series on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium. The Saints send RHP Jeff Shields (5-7, 4.52) to the mound against Jackals LHP Isaac Pavlik (6-5, 3.99). The first 1,000 fans will receive a “Take The Last Train To Midway” Vinyl LP which are songs created by local recording artists that are a tribute to the teams final season at Midway Stadium. The game is not on radio, but can be seen and listened to by going to Saintsbaseball.com and clicking on the “Video Live” button.