Finally! More Than Four Hours And 13 Innings Later Saints Get Fifth Straight Win 5-4ST. PAUL, MN July 23, 2014
FINALLY! MORE THAN FOUR HOURS AND 13 INNINGS LATER SAINTS GET FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN 5-4
ST. PAUL, MN (July 22, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints had won four consecutive games five previous times and each time they couldn’t get over the hump for their fifth straight win. On Tuesday evening at Midway Stadium they needed to wait four hours and 17 minutes, play 13 innings to finally get over the threshold and win their fifth consecutive game a 5-4 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of 4,516.
With the score tied at four in the bottom of the 13th and one out Henry Wrigley hit a cue shot to first that had so much spin on it that AJ Kirby Jones had the ball go in his glove and slither out which enabled Wrigley to reach on the error. With two outs Evan Bigley collected his first hit of the night, a single to left. That brought up Dwight Childs who had entered the game in the ninth inning. He hit a deep fly to left that Ty Forney, who entered the game in the top of the 13th as a pinch runner, went back to the warning track, reached up and had the ball hit off his glove for an error that allowed the winning run to score.
With the score tied at three in the 10th the Canaries took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th when Carlos Mendez led off with a single against Saints closer Dan Sattler. Chris Valencia laid down a bunt, Sattler tried to field and throw to second, but dropped the ball. He then tried to pick it up again and throw to first, but dropped it a second time which put runners at first and second with nobody out. Stephen Branca laid down a bunt that first baseman Angelo Songco caught and his throw to second to double off Mendez was a little high. After Sam Lind popped out for the second out, Sattler hit Matt Hitt with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Sattler then walked Steve Tinoco to force in the go ahead run. Brandon Jones struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, however, the Saints managed to tie the game. Keith Brachold led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joey Becker and scored on a single by Devin Thaut. He finished the night 4-5 with a double and three RBI extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
All nine Saints starters collected a hit with Sam Maus dropping down a first inning bunt single to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 24 straight. The Saints, however, left a franchise record 18 men on base. The previous record was 16, which the Saints set three times in nine inning games and three times in extra inning contests. The Saints have now won their last seven one run games and are 6-0 in extra inning contests. It was the third four hour game they have played this season and the first time they’ve won three four hour games.
The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Anthony Claggett (5-4, 2.62) to the mound against Canaries RHP Ben Moore (4-5, 4.63). It is Office Olympics. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on 87.9 FM.