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Getting to CHS Field

Late Lineup Change Proves Grand As Saints Win 7-2 In Game One of Doubleheader

ST. PAUL, MN August 21, 2014



LINCOLN, NE (August 21, 2014) – Henry Wrigley was in the original starting lineup for the St. Paul Saints.  Moments before the game he was scratched and Joe Bonfe was inserted into his spot in the lineup.  It proved to be the right move as Bonfe hit a grand slam and set a career high with five RBI as the Saints took game one of a doubleheader over the Lincoln Saltdogs 7-2 at Haymarket Park on Thursday evening.


With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the fifth Joey Becker led off with a single and moved to second on a single by Tyler Peterson.  It was the University of St. Thomas grads first professional hit as he finished the game 2-3 with a double and a run scored.  After a failed sacrifice bunt Devin Thaut walked to load the bases.  Evan Bigley extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single to center tying the game at one.  With two outs Joe Bonfe came through with a grand slam home run, his fourth homer of the season and the fourth grand slam by the Saints this season.  It’s the second time in franchise history they have hit four grand slams, also accomplishing the feat in 2009.  The most grand slams the Saints have hit in franchise history are five, done back in 1996.


            The Saltdogs made it 5-2 in the fourth when Ian Gac hit his 21st homer of the season, a solo drive to right.


            Angelo Songco got the run back with a solo homer of his own in the sixth inning, his 13th of the season, to give the Saints a 6-2 lead.


            Bonfe capped off his evening with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.


            Saints starter Jeff Shields went the distance going 7.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five.