Finally!! Saints Win In Gary 2-1 Over RailcatsST. PAUL, MN July 5, 2014
FINALLY!! SAINTS WIN IN GARY 2-1 OVER RAILCATS
GARY, IN (July 5, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints were beginning to think they would never win at U.S. Steel Yard again. The last time they tasted victory in Gary, Indiana was August 28, 2012. Since that time they had lost 11 straight including on Friday night. It took an incredible pitching performance by a guy making his first start of the season, Drew Gay, and a manufactured run that would have made Gary SouthShore Railcats manager Greg Tagert proud. When it was all said and done the Saints got a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.
The Saints, short on starting pitching, turned to their bullpen and gave Gay his first start of 2014. If it was an audition he definitely will get a call back as he dominated the Railcats for 6.0 innings. The lone run the Railcats scored came in the first when Drew Martinez singled, stole second and scored on a single from Zac Mitchell.
After that run Gay put it on cruise control and retired the next 10 men he faced. He needed a little help from his defense in the fourth. After retiring the first two hitters Craig Maddox singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wally Backman Jr. walked. Josh Romanski then hit a liner towards third that Jared McDonald dove to his left for and made a great catch to rob Romanski of a hit. Gay would go 6.0 innings allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out two to pick up his first win of the season.
The Saints offense did just enough to get Gay the victory. In the fourth Henry Wrigley drilled a line drive laser over the left field wall for a solo homer, his 11th of the season, to tie the game at one.
In the seventh the Saints used a little Railcat style baseball to take the lead. Brandon Tripp led off with a single to center. Joey Becker sacrificed him to second. Sam Muas blooped a single to right that sent Tripp to third. McDonald then hit a fly ball to medium right-center. Drew Muren made the catch and his throw home was a little late as Tripp scored giving the Saints a one run lead.
The bullpen did the rest for the Saints. Mikey Mehlich pitched 2.0 solid innings of relief allowing one hit and striking out one while closer Dan Sattler pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save of the season.
The same teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. The Saints are TBA while the Railcats send RHP Stephen Hiscock (4-4, 4.41) to the mound. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.