Lean Meat, Saints Blank T-Bones 5-0ST. PAUL, MN August 5, 2014
LEAN MEAT, SAINTS BLANK T-BONES 5-0
ST. PAUL, MN (August 5, 2014) – After bouncing around from reliever to starter there is no doubt Drew Gay’s name will be penciled in every fifth day as the St. Paul Saints make a run at a playoff spot. Gay entered Tuesday night 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts. He added a win and lowered the ERA in 7.1 dazzling innings as the Saints blanked the Kansas City T-Bones 5-0 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Saints now lead the Wild Card by 1.0 game by virtue of the Laredo Lemurs loss.
Gay appeared on his way to an historic evening setting down the first 13 T-Bones he faced. The perfect game and no-hitter ended in the matter of two batters in the fifth as he walked Nick Schwaner with one out and that was followed by a single from Bryan Sabatella. Gay, however, made the pitches when he needed to as he got Vladimir Frias to fly out and Brian Erie to ground out to end the inning.
In the sixth Gay once again got into a jam when he walked T.J. Mittelstaedt with one out and Danny Richar singled him to third. Richar, however, was thrown out trying to steal second by Dwight Childs, who entered play tied for first in the league in throwing out base runners. Gay then struck out Matt Padgett to end the inning.
Gay got some help from his defense in the seventh when Ray Sadler was robbed of a hit on a back handed diving play from third baseman Devin Thaut. That play came in handy because the next hitter, Schwaner, singled to center. With two outs second baseman Jared McDonald made a nice play up the middle, fielding a grounder on the backhand and throwing across his body to end the inning.
In the eighth Gay got the first out of the inning on a head first dive by Keith Brachold in right. After Gay hit Robby Kuzdale, Gay left the game for left-hander Matt Meyer who was brought on to face the left-hand hitting Mittelstaedt. Meyer walked Mittlestaedt and the Saints brought on their closer Dan Sattler. He got Richar to ground into an inning ending double play. Gay hurled 7.1 shutout innings allowing three hits while walking two and striking out six.
T-Bones starter Kyle DeVore was just as solid, but his lone mistake came in the second inning when he hit Evan Bigley to lead off the frame. Bigley stole second and scored on Brachold’s single to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. DeVore went 6.2 innings allowing one run on four hits while walking two and striking out seven.
The Saints blew the game open in the ninth. Brachold led off the inning with a solo homer, his third of the season, to make it 2-0. Brachold finished the night 2-4 with a homer, two RBI and a run scored. With two outs and a man at first Thaut doubled to put runners at second and third. McDonald knocked them both home with a single to make it 4-0 with McDonald advancing to second on the throw home. Willie Cabrera’s infield single put runners at the corners. Cabrera had extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a double in the first, tying him for the sixth longest in franchise history. Angelo Sonco’s RBI single to left finished the scoring.
Sattler closed out the ninth by striking out the side and earning his 17th save of the season.
The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Saints.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the four game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Saints send RHP Jeff Shields (5-4, 4.27) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Jared Messer (2-2, 4.06). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.