Saints Lose First Extra Inning Game Of Season, 3-2 In 8 Innings In Game 2 Of DoubleheaderST. PAUL, MN August 21, 2014
SAINTS LOSE FIRST EXTRA INNING GAME OF SEASON 3-2 IN GAME 2 OF DOUBLEHEADER
LINCOLN, NE (August 21, 2014) – Facing a former Major Leaguer on the mound the St. Paul Saints were able to tie the game up late off of Joe Bisenius, but the Lincoln Saltdogs scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Saints in walk-off fashion in game two of a doubleheader at Haymarket Park on Thursday night.
With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth and a runner on at first Brian Joynt singled to left to put runners at first and second. Matt Forgatch walked to load the bases. With the corners of the infield in and the middle of the infield about half way Eddie Young hit a grounder to the left of shortstop Joey Becker. He fielder the grounder, flipped to second, but a hard take out slide by Forgatch prevented Devin Thaut from turning two allowing the winning run to score. It was the first loss for the Saints in a doubleheader game and in extra innings this season.
The Saints managed to tie the game in the sixth. Trailing 2-0 Evan Bigley dropped down a bunt single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Willie Cabrera singled him to second. After a sacrifice bunt by Joe Bonfe moved runners to second and third both Angelo Songco and Keith Brachold came through with RBI singles to tie the game at one. Becker and Tyler Peterson, however, would both strike out to end the inning.
The Saints had a chance to take the lead in the seventh when Vinny DiFazio led off with a single. He finished the game 3-3 with a double. Thaut sacrificed him to second, but Bigley struck out and Cabrera grounded out to short.
In the eighth Bonfe led off the inning with a single and Songco sacrificed him to second. Becker struck out for the fourth time on the night and Peterson grounded out to short to end the inning. Bisenius went the distance going 8.0 innings allowing two runs on 10 hits while walking two and striking out 10.
The newest member of the Saints, pitcher Justin Klipp who came over from the Wichita Wingnuts on Thursday morning to complete the trade that sent Jared McDonald to the Wingnuts, was impressive in his team debut. The only two runs he gave up came in the fourth when Luis Nunez doubled, moved to third on a single and scored when the Saints failed to turn a double play. In the fifth a throwing error led to another run. Klipp went 5.1 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out five.
The same two teams meet in game three of the five game series at Haymarket Park on Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Anthony Claggett (5-6, 3.66) to the mound against Saltdogs RHP Zachary Varce (5-8, 4.25). There is no radio, but the game can be heard through the Saints website at saintsbaseball.com by clicking on the “Audio” link on the front page.