Saints Can't Overcome Six Run First, Drop Game 2 Of Division Series 9-7, Series Tied 1-1ST. PAUL, MN September 9, 2016
The little mistakes in a playoff series add up over the course of a game and for the St. Paul Saints they committed too many of those on Friday night at Shaw Park. The Winnipeg Goldeyes plated six runs in the first and the Saints fought back valiantly, but fell 9-7 in Game 2 of the Division Series and the best-of-five series is now even at a game apiece.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Tony Thomas reached on an infield single to third and David Bergin roped a double down the left field line scoring Thomas and making it 1-0.
The jubilation was short lived, however, as the highest scoring team in the American Association proved why in the bottom of the inning sending nine men to the plate while scoring six runs. Robert Coe got the start for the Saints and was roughed up as Adam Heisler led off with a single to right. Maikol Gonzalez then singled him to third. Willie Cabrera tied the game at one with an RBI single to left. Reggie Abercrombie’s slow roller to short forced Cabrera at second, but put runners at the corners with one out. Josh Romanski made it 3-1 with a two-run double. David Rohm followed with one of his four hits, singling to right which put runners at the corners. Then one of the biggest plays of the inning took place. Wes Darvill hit a comebacker to Coe. He turned and threw to second to get the force out, but Tony Thomas’ throw to first pulled Songco off the bag allowing Romanski to score making it 4-1. Casio Grider then hit a high chopper to short that Thomas backed up on and his throw to first wasn’t in time. That allowed Carlton Tanabe to hit a two-run double down the left field line to make it 6-1. Coe would last just 4.0 innings allowing six runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out three.
The Saints fought back and put up two in the fifth as Breland Almadova led off with a triple to right. Alonzo Harris’ groundout plated Harris to make it 6-2. Two batters later Tony Thomas made it 6-3 with a solo homer to left-center, his first of the series.
With Benji Waite taking over in the fifth the Goldeyes took the two runs right back. Rohm led off with a single and Darvill walked. Grider sacrificed the runners over, but Waite struck out Tanabe for the second out of the inning. After an intentional walk to Heisler, Gonzalez hit a flair down the right field line that was just out of the reach of a diving Almadova allowing two runs to score making it 8-3 Goldeyes.
With the score 8-4 in the eighth the Saints nearly came all the way back to take the lead. Angelo Songco led off with a double against left-handed reliever Eric Eadington. With two outs Almadova hit a bloop RBI single to right making it 8-5. Harris then reached on a throwing error by the third baseman Darvill which put runners at second and third. Tony Caldwell pinch hit for Ryan Cavan and promptly doubled home two making it 8-7. That brought up Thomas who hit a high fly ball to the left of straightaway center, but Reggie Abercrombie made the catch about a step in front of the wall to end the inning.
Game 3 of the Division Series in Friday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m. The Saints are TBA while the Goldeyes send LHP Kevin McGovern (8-3, 3.56) to the mound. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.
Tickets for Game 3 of the Division Series on Saturday, September 10 and Game 4 on Sunday, September 11 at CHS Field are on sale at the Saints box office on Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or by calling 651-644-6659. The box office will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are always available online at saintsbaseball.com.
Ticket prices for the playoffs are the same as the regular season: $5 for berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for bleacher seats, $12 for the drink rail, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for infield reserved and $18 for home plate reserved. Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket. Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free.