Saints Fall Further Back In North Race After 4-2 Loss To GoldeyesST. PAUL, MN August 13, 2014
SAINTS FALL FURTHER BACK IN NORTH RACE AFTER 4-2 LOSS TO GOLDEYES
WINNIPEG, MB (August 13, 2014) – The number of remaining games continues to shrink and the deficit continues to grow in the North Division, a bad combination for the St. Paul Saints. After losing their fifth consecutive game and second straight to the division leading Winnipeg Goldeyes, 4-2 on Wednesday evening at Shaw Park, the Saints are now 5.0 games back with 20 games left. They are closer to the Wild Card, 3.0 games behind the Laredo Lemurs who were still in action.
The Goldeyes led from the beginning getting on the board in the first off of starter Robert Coe. Brock Bond led off the game with a walk for the second straight game. He moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by Jake Blackwood to make it 1-0.
Reggie Abercrombie made it 2-0 in the second when he blasted a solo homer to left, his 16th of the season. It was also the 16th homer given up by Coe this season, tying him for second most in a season in Saints history with Jason Verdugo (2004) and Donald Brandt (2011). The team record is 17 set by Robert Donnelly in 1998.
The Goldeyes tacked on another single run in the third when Ryan Pineda led off with a walk, advanced to third on a single by Bond and scored on Blackwood’s fielder’s choice to make it 3-0.
Coe settled down after that going 7.0 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out one, but unfortunately, the offense continued to struggle.
Over the last 10 games the Saints are hitting just .256 and did nothing to increase that on Wednesday night. Their first hit came with two outs in the third by Joey Becker.
The Saints got on the board in the fourth when Keith Brachold walked with two outs. Henry Wrigley singled him to third. Angelo Songco knocked them both home when he hit a sinking fly ball to left that Donnie Webb dove for and came up empty resulting in a two-run double. Songco advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Jake Taylor fouled out to end the inning.
The Saints managed just three more hits over the final five innings and had just two base runners in scoring position in that time.
Willie Cabrera’s streak of reaching base safely in 23 straight games ended as he went 0-4.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Shaw Park. The Saints send RHP Nick Barnese (6-6, 3.63) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (6-1, 3.94). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.