Homers, Moore, Too Much For Saints In 7-4 LossST. PAUL, MN May 21, 2013
SIOUX FALLS, SD (May 21, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints were trying to push off the inevitable for another night, unfortunately, Sioux Falls Canaries starter Ben Moore was on his game and in the end he broke a tie for most wins in the American Association with former Saints pitcher Charlie Ruud. With the Saints losing 7-4 on Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium that allowed Moore to earn his 40th win in the American Association, the most ever in the league.
The Saints jumped on Moore in the first and it looked like the Saints offense would continue to roll like it had in their opening series of the season. With two outs Joey Becker and Craig Brazell had back-to-back singles. Willie Cabrera followed with a two-run double to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The lead didn’t last long as the Canaries scored at least a run in the first four innings. Saints starter Mark Hamburger didn’t look as sharp as he did on Opening Night, but his defense didn’t help him either. In the bottom of the first Dan Kaczrowski’s throw to first on a potential double play went awry allowing a run to score and cutting the Saints lead to 2-1.
In the second the Canaries took a 3-2 lead as Jake Taylor led off with a walk. With two outs Cory Morales tripled him home tying the game at two. J.P. Ramirez followed that with an RBI double.
In the third the long balls started for the Canaries as Jared Clark hit a solo homer, his second of the season, giving the Canaries a 4-2 lead.
In the fourth Hamburger walked Nick Van Stratten and Morales followed that with a two-run homer, his second of the season, to make it 6-2. Ramirez made it back-to-back with a solo homer giving the Canaries a 7-2 lead. Hamburger lasted just 3.1 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, while giving up a career high three homers, walking five and striking out two.
The Saints tried to come back in the seventh when Brandon Tripp reached on a double and his brother, Jordan, tripled him home to make it 7-3.
Adam Frost launched his first homer of the season in the eighth, a solo shot, but the Saints would get no closer.
Moore went 7.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits, retiring 12 in a row at one point, while striking out six.
The Saints and Canaries play the second game of the three game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Saints send RHP Wes Roemer (1-0, 0.00) to the mound against Canaries RHP Jordan Whatcott (0-1, 0.00). The game can be heard on Club 1220 AM.