Saints Hit Four Homers, Rip Canaries 10-1 In Exhibition GameST. PAUL, MN May 11, 2014
SAINTS HOMER FOUR TIMES RIP CANARIES 10-1 IN EXHIBITION GAME
SIOUX FALLS, SD (May 11, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints pitching staff continues to throw well during the exhibition season. Unfortunately, they are being overshadowed by their own offense, although no pitcher is complaining about getting the run support. The Saints offense once again produced double digit runs, hammered four home runs and took down the Sioux Falls Canaries 10-1 on Sunday evening at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The Saints scored runs in four consecutive innings from the second through the fifth and got it started with the long ball off the bat of Angelo Songco in the second. After Brandon Tripp reached on an error by left fielder Steven Tinoco, Songco drilled the first pitch he saw from Matt Wickswat over the wall to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
In the third the Saints put up four runs, all with two outs, as Buddy Sosnoskie and Evan Bigley got it started with back-to-back singles. The two moved up on a passed ball and scored when Henry Wrigly’s grounder to short was mishandled making it 4-0. Tripp then hit the first of two homers on the day, a two-run shot, that put the Saints out in front 6-0.
With the Saints up 7-0 in the fifth Tripp came calling again with another two-run homer, giving the Saints a 9-0 lead. Tripp finished the game 2-4 with two homers, four RBI and three runs scored.
Wrigley got into the long ball act in the seventh with a solo homer to put the finishing touches on the Saints scoring for the game. He finished the game 2-5 with a homer, RBI and three runs scored.
The Saints pitching staff was impressive against the Canaries. Starter Nick Barnese worked 4.0 strong innings not allowing a run on six hits while striking out four. Jon Plefka (fourth inning) and Ryan Bollinger (ninth inning) each added a shutout inning of relief. Ben Hughes, out of St. Olaf College, was added as a non-roster invitee before the game and was solid in 3.0 innings of relief allowing one run on two hits while walking two and striking out four. Hughes spent the last three seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization as a starter.
The Saints final exhibition game of the season will take place on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium.