Explorers Drop The Hammer Late To Beat SaintsST. PAUL, MN August 10, 2014
EXPLORERS DROP THE HAMMER LATE TO BEAT SAINTS
SAINT PAUL, MN (August 9, 2014)—The St. Paul Saints dropped a second straight game to the Sioux City Explorers 10-1 Saturday night in front of 6,152 at Midway Stadium. The game was close until the final three innings, when the Explorers broke the game open by scoring nine runs.
With the score tied at one in the seventh, Explorers left fielder Oscar Mesa led off with a double off Saints reliever Ben Hughes. Tim Colwell sacrificed him to third, and Rene Tosoni walked. Andres Perez sent Mesa home with an RBI single for the 2-1 lead. Hughes was able to get Peter Barrows to line out to third before giving way to lefty reliever Matt Meyer. Meyer promptly gave up an RBI single to Tommy Mendonca that scored Tosoni to make it 3-1.
In the eighth, Explorers catcher Dillon Usiak was hit in the elbow by Meyer and advanced to second by Michael Lang. Usiak would later score on an RBI double by Tim Colwell that made it 4-1.
In the ninth, Saints reliever Dylan Thomas gave up a leadoff single to Explorers second baseman Andres Perez. Thomas then walked designated hitter Peter Barrows. Explorers shortstop Tommy Mendonca laid down a bunt on the third base side that no one fielded to load the bases with no outs. Perez went home to make it 5-1 when Amos Ramon walked with the bases loaded. Dillon Usiak cleared the bases with a three-run double that made it 8-1. He scored on an RBI double by Michael Lang for a 9-1 lead. Lang would score two batters later on a Tim Colwell groundout to make it 10-1.
The Saints would score first in the fourth inning. Angelo Songco and Jake Taylor led off with a pair of singles. Keith Brachold walked to load the bases with no one out. Joe Bonfe grounded into a fielder’s choice to send home Songco for a 1-0 lead for the Saints. After Joey Becker walked to load the bases again, Devin Thaut flew out, and Evan Bigley struck out.
The Explorers answered in the fifth when Rene Tosoni hit a one out triple to right field. Tosoni tied the game at one by scoring on a wild pitch that got away from Saints catcher Jake Taylor.
The final game of the four game series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. It is Peanuts Day at Midway Stadium with the return of 2001’s Charlie Brown Bobblehead giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. The Saints send RHP Drew Gay (5-0, 2.11) to the mound against RHP John Straka (6-4, 3.64). The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities Metro area. Check saintsbaseball.com for the channel in your area. The game can also be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.