Saints Fall Below .500 For First Time This Season In 9-4 Loss In Game Two of Resumed DoubleheaderST. PAUL, MN August 30, 2014
SAINTS FALL BELOW .500 FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON IN 9-4 LOSS IN GAME TWO OF DOUBLEHEADER
KANSAS CITY, KS (August 30, 2014) – Rain halted play after a half inning in game two of the doubleheader between the St. Paul Saints and Kansas City T-Bones on Thursday. The Saints probably wished the entire game could have gotten wiped out. When the two teams picked up play on Friday the T-Bones scored five in the bottom of the first and the Saints could never come back losing 9-4 at CommunityAmerica ballpark falling a game below .500 for the first time this season.
Former University of Minnesota product Drew Ghelfi got the start, but he didn’t last long. T.J. Mittelstaedt led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer, his first of the game and 13th of the season, to make it 1-0. Danny Richar doubled and Matt Padgett walked. Ray Sadler then crushed a three-run homer to left, his 17th of the season, to make it 4-0. With one out Ghelfi walked back-to-back hitters and that was the end of his night. Dylan Thomas came on in relief and gave up an RBI single to Chris Bianchi that made it 5-0.
In the second inning Mittelstaedt came calling again with a solo homer to right, his second of the night and 14th of the season, to make it 6-0.
The Saints attempted to mount a comeback getting on the board in the third. They loaded the bases when Joey Becker reached on a fielder’s choice, Mitch Elliott was hit by a pitch and Devin Thaut walked. Willie Cabrera came through with an RBI single to make it 6-1, but the Saints would leave the bases loaded after that.
In the fourth Jake Taylor and Joe Bonfe led off with back-to-back singles. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners for Joey Becker. He made it 6-2 with an RBI single. A single by Vinny DiFazio loaded the bases and, with two outs, Devin Thaut walked forcing in a run and making it 6-3. Cabrera then reached on an error by the shortstop that allowed a run to score making it 6-4.
The T-Bones, however, put up three in the sixth to put the game away getting a run on a safety squeeze from Darrell Hudson and a two-run double from Matt Padgett.
Thomas pitched well out of relief going 5.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six.