House of Horrors Rears Its Ugly Head Again As Saints Blow Lead Late In Lincoln, Lose 6-5ST. PAUL, MN June 30, 2015
HOUSE OF HORRORS REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN AS SAINTS BLOW LEAD LATE IN LINCOLN LOSE 6-5
LINCOLN, NE (June 30, 2015) – It doesn’t matter what the St. Paul Saints record is when they play the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park. Strange things seem to happen when they go to Lincoln and they happened again on Tuesday night as the Saints lost their first game when leading after seven innings, 6-5 to the Satldogs.
With the Saints up 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth reliever Alex Sogard struck out the lone batter he faced in the inning. Mikey Mehlich came on in relief and walked the first two batters he faced. Upon striking out Curt Smith, Matt Forgatch stole third and Jon Gaston stole second. Mehlich departed for lefty Dylan Chavez to face the left-hand hitting Mitch Canham. Chavez promptly hit Canham with the first pitch. Chavez was removed for Drew Gay. He gave up a two-run single to Brian Joynt giving the Saltdogs a 4-3 lead. Jeremy Hamilton followed with an RBI single to make it 5-3. An infield single by Mike Gilmartin made it 6-3.
In the ninth the Saints mounted a comeback. Willie Argo led off the inning with a walk. Ian Gac singled him to second. Gac finished the night 3-5 in his return to Lincoln. Angelo Songco then hit a grounder to first, but Hamilton’s throw to second pulled shortstop Gilmartin off the bag and the Saints had the bases loaded and nobody out. Mike Kvasnicka lined an RBI single into left-center to make it 6-4. Former Saints reliever McKenzie King came out of the bullpen to face Robert Youngdahl with the bases loaded and nobody out. Youngdahl knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice groundout that put runners at the corners with one out. Anthony Phillips, however, grounded into a double play to end the game.
The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Songco walked and Kvasnicka singled. Youngdahl followed with his first professional hit and RBI to make it 1-0. Phillips moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt and Dan Kaczrowski made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout.
With the Saints leading 2-1 in the fifth the Saints loaded the bases with one out on a walk to Argo, a single by Gac and a walk to Songco. Kvasnicka’s sacrifice fly brought home Argo to make it 3-1
The Saltdogs made it 3-2 in the seventh when Curt Smith led off with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout. Joynt scored Smith with a grounder to third that Kaczrowski threw in the dirt to first allowing Joynt to reach as Smith scored.
Saints starter Pedro Hernandez went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out two.
The Saints are now 28-1 when leading after seven.
The same two teams meet in the second game of the three game series on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (3-1, 2.67) to the mound against Saltdogs RHP Zach Varce (0-3, 4.33). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.