Saints Get Erie Feeling In 5-3 Loss To T-BonesST. PAUL, MN August 3, 2014
SAINTS GET THAT ERIE FEELING IN 5-3 LOSS TO T-BONES
KANSAS CITY, KS (August 3, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints were in total control of Sunday evening’s game against the Kansas City T-Bones. That was until the sixth inning when a bases clearing double by Brian Erie gave the T-Bones a lead they wouldn’t relinquish as the Saints lost 5-3 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
With the Saints leading 3-1 going to the bottom of the sixth Saints starter Ben Hughes cruised through the first five innings. In the sixth, however, he gave up a one out double to Matt Padgett. With two outs Nick Schwaner doubled home Padgett to make it 3-2. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and that’s when Erie, a .258 hitter, but 3-5 with the bases loaded this season, dropped a double into the right-center field gap that cleared the bases and gave the T-Bones the two run lead. Hughes went 6.0 innings allowing five runs on five hits while walking four and striking out five.
The Saints offense didn’t get much going until the ninth when they loaded the bases with two outs. With one out Keith Brachold singled to right off T-Bones closer Kris Regas. Joey Becker then hit a comebacker to Regas, but his throw to second base was a little off the mark and hit shortstop Vladimir Frias’ glove and went into shallow center which put runners at first and second. After Devin Thaut struck out, Jared McDonald walked to load the bases. Willie Cabrera, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games earlier in the evening and had his fourth straight two-hit game, flew out to center to end the game.
The Saints got on the board first in the first inning when McDonald walked and Henry Wrigley knocked him home with an RBI double.
In the third Cabrera hit a solo homer to left, his fifth of the season, to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The T-Bones collected their first hit of the game in the fourth and managed to get on the board. Padgett walked with one out and Ray Sadler singled him to third. With two outs Bryan Sabatella singled home Padgett to make it 2-1.
In the top of the sixth the Saints regained the two run lead when Evan Bigley reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs, stole second and scored on Jake Taylor’s RBI single to make it 3-1. The Saints, however, couldn’t hold on in the bottom half of the inning.
Thaut’s streak of reaching base safely in 21 consecutive games came to an end as he went 0-5.
The same two teams meet in the second game of a four game series on Monday evening at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Nick Barnese (5-6, 3.94) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Casey Barnes (2-2, 6.34). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.