Saints Come Out Flat In 3-1 Loss To BlastersST. PAUL, MN August 14, 2015
SAINTS COME OUT FLAT IN 3-1 LOSS TO BLASTERS
JOPLIN, MO (August 14, 2015) – One day after clinching the North Division title, the Saints looked like a team that was coming off a big celebration the night before. The offense came out flat, they struck out 11 times, the fourth straight game with double-digit strikeouts, managed just three hits and lost 3-1 to the Joplin Blaster Friday night at Joe Becker Stadium.
Saints starter Pedro Hernandez and Blasters starter Josue Montanez matched zeroes through the first four innings, but in the fifth the Blasters put up all the runs they would need. Omar Luna led off the inning with a single to right. Jesus Solorzano sacrificed him over to second and Mitch Glasser followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Oscar Mesa made it 1-0 with an RBI single to center. Maikol Gonzalez knocked in the second run with an RBI single to right to make it 2-0. With runners at the corners and one out Steve Tinoco laid down a suicide squeeze scoring Mesa to make it 3-0 Blasters. Hernandez went 6.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three.
The Saints didn’t collect their first hit until the fourth when Angelo Songco doubled with one out. In the sixth the Saints looked like they would get on the board. Vinny DiFazio walked with one out, Songco singled and Willie Argo walked to load the bases. Montanez departed for reliever Carlos Fuentes. He got Ryan Lashley to hit a grounder to first, Tinoco fielded and fired home to get the force on DiFazio. Joey Paciorek then struck out looking to end the inning.
The Saints final hit of the game came in the eighth when DiFazio hit a solo homer to left, his 14th of the season, which proved to be the lone run of the game for the Saints.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Joe Becker Stadium. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (8-2, 2.76) to the mound against Blasters RHP Luis Chirinos (6-6, 5.17). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.