Eight Straight, Saints Drop It Late In 6-1 Loss To JackalsST. PAUL, MN August 16, 2014
EIGHT STRAIGHT, SAINTS DROP IT LATE IN 6-1 LOSS TO JACKALS
SAINT PAUL, MN (August 16, 2014)—The St. Paul Saints gave up five runs in the final two innings Saturday night at Midway Stadium in front of 5,812. The 6-1 loss to the New Jersey Jackals was the eighth straight loss for the Saints and tied a franchise record. The Saints previously lost eight in a row from June 20-29, 1999 and again from May 28-June 4, 2002.
The game was a pitcher’s duel until the Jackals broke it open in the eighth inning. With the game tied at one and two outs, Tony Caldwell hit a single to left field off Saints starter Jeff Shields. Jeremy Barnes knocked him in with an RBI double to deep left field to make it 2-1. With left-handed hitting Joe Dunigan at the plate, Shields was pulled in favor of Matt Meyer. Dunigan knocked a lazy fly ball over the left-center field wall for his 23rd home run of the season that made it 4-1. Dunigan’s home run tied him with Chris Rowan (2004) for the New Jersey franchise record for home runs in a season.
The Jackals didn’t let off the gas and added two more in the ninth. After being traded from the Saints to the Jackals earlier in the day, Dwight Childs walked with two outs before Felix Sanchez hit a double that drove Childs home for a 5-1 lead. Alonzo Harris hit a blooper to right field that sent Sanchez home and closed the scoring.
The Jackals opened the scoring in the third inning after Felix Sanchez doubled to right field. Sanchez advanced to third on a wild pitch before Alonzo Harris drove him in with a double to shallow right field that made it 1-0.
The Saints tied it at one in the fourth. Devin Thaut beat out a bunt single to lead off the inning. Evan Bigley sent him to third with a line drive to right-center field. Jake Taylor hit a grounder to short that scored Thaut to make it 1-1.
The Saints only managed three hits for the second time during the eight-game losing streak.
Game three is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Saints will send RHP Anthony Claggett (5-5, 2.99) to the mound against LHP Michael Antonini (7-3, 2.97). Join the Saints and celebrate surviving the Polar Vortex with the Polar Vortex Snowglobe Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.