Looking For Changes, Saints Smack Three Homers And Outlast Wingnuts 9-7ST. PAUL, MN August 3, 2014
LOOKING FOR CHANGES, SAINTS SMACK THREE HOMERS, OUTLAST WINGNUTS 9-7
ST. PAUL, MN (August 2, 2014) – The two best pitchers in the league squared off on Saturday night at Midway Stadium. It was the offenses, however, that were the story as the St. Paul Saints hit a season high three homers and took down the Wichita Wingnuts 9-7 in front of 5,898.
With the game tied at seven in the eighth the Wingnuts brought in left-handed reliever Alex Hinshaw. He got left-hand hitting Angelo Songco to foul out to start the inning. The Wingnuts elected to leave the lefty in the game and he walked right-hand hitting Evan Bigley. That’s when Taylor, a right-handed hitter, came up and crushed one over the left-center field wall, his sixth of the season and second in as many games, that proved to be the game winner.
With the Saints trailing 3-0 in the fourth Jared McDonald got things going. After Devin Thaut doubled for the Saints first hit of the game, McDonald deposited one over the right field wall, his second of the season, to pull the Saints within a run. Willie Cabrera then extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double and with two outs and two on Taylor tied the game at three with an RBI single.
The Wingnuts would answer back against Saints starter Anthony Claggett, who entered the game with the league’s best ERA at 2.46. Carlo Testa doubled with one out and with two outs Chris McClendon singled him home to give the Wingnuts a 4-3 lead. Claggett went 6.0 innings allowing four runs on 10 hits while walking two and striking out two.
The Saints then plated four in the fifth off of Wingnuts starter Jason Van Skike, who entered the game with the second best ERA in the league at 2.84. Joey Becker led off with a walk and Thaut sacrificed him to second. With two outs Cabrera singled home Becker to tie the game at four. Henry Wrigley then reached on an error by third baseman McClendon. Songco drilled one over the right field wall, his 11th of the season, to give the Saints a 7-4 lead. Van Skike went 6.0 innings allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out three.
That lasted until the seventh when the Wingnuts tied it. Brent Clevlen got the Wingnuts to within two with a solo homer to left, his 12th of the season and third in two nights. Three straight infield singles loaded the bases and a fielder’s choice by David Amberson scored a run to make it 7-6. Jake Luce’s sacrifice fly to shallow center tied the game at seven, but the Saints would get another dramatic win at home courtesy of Taylor.
Sam Maus’ streak of reaching base safely in 30 consecutive games ended after he left the game after the bottom of the second inning. He was 0-1 with a line out to center.
The Saints head to CommunityAmerica Ballpark to take on the Kansas City T-Bones in a four game series beginning on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Ben Hughes (4-0, 4.26) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Jon Van Meter (0-0, 0.00). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.