Saints Lose Resumed Game 8-6 On Walk-Off Homer In NinthST. PAUL, MN September 1, 2014
FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME MITTELSTAEDT HITS WALK-OFF HOMER AGAINST SAINTS, LOSE 8-6
KANSAS CITY, KS (September 1, 2014) – After getting washed out in the bottom of the ninth inning with the St. Paul Saints leading 6-5 they were hoping when the game resumed it would be as easy as 1-2-3. The Saints did face three batters in the bottom of the ninth, but for the second straight game T.J. Mittelstaedt hit a walk-off homer and the Saints lost to the Kansas City T-Bones 8-6 on Monday afternoon at CommunityAmerica Ballopark.
Tommy Danczyk was called upon to close out the game and he walked leadoff hitter Bryan Sabatella. Sabatella advanced to second on a passed ball. Darrell Hudson’s then hit a grounder to second, but Jake Taylor’s throw to first skipped past Angelo Songco at first allowing Sabatella to score and tying the game at six. That brought up Mittelstaedt who hit a three-run homer Saturday night in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the T-Bones. After fouling pitch after pitch off Mittelstaedt hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for the two-run walk-off homer, his 16th of the season and fourth in three games.
The Saints went to bed Sunday evening with a 6-5 lead due in part to Songco. With the game tied at five in the ninth inning Angelo Songco crushed a pitch over the right field wall, his second of the game and 16th of the season to give the Saints a 6-5 lead.
The Saints got the scoring in the first when Songco hit his first homer of the night. Mitch Elliott led off the game with an infield single. With two outs Songco hit one through the teeth of the wind over the right field wall, his 15th of the season, to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The T-Bones would score in the next three innings to take the lead. In the bottom of the first T.J. Mittelstaedt led off with a double. He moved to third on a single by Danny Richar. A single by Matt Padgett scored Mittelstaedt to cut the Saints lead to 2-1.
In the second the T-Bones tied it when Vladimir Frias and Robby Kuzdale had back-to-back singles to start the inning. After a double steal, Darell Hudson tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
In the third the T-Bones put up a three spot. Padgett led off with a walk. With one out Nick Schwaner singled him to second. Frias doubled home Padgett to give the T-Bones a 3-2 lead. With the infield drawn in Kuzdale hit a sharp grounder through Songco’s legs at first that brought home a pair of runs and gave the T-Bones a 5-2 lead.
The Saints found a way to come back plating two in the fourth. Tyler Peterson reached on an error by Frias at short. Joey Becker and Vinny DiFazio walked to load the bases. Elliott’s fielder’s choice scored a run to make it 5-3 and Devin Thaut followed with an RBI single to make it 5-4.
In the fifth the Saints tied it up with three consecutive two out hits. Becker and Difazio each singled and Elliott tied the game with an RBI double.
Mikey Mehlich was superb out of the bullpen going 3.0 perfect innings of relief striking out five, including striking out the side in the sixth.
The final day of the regular season takes place on Monday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Justin Klipp (7-3, 4.60) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Kyle DeVore (5-6, 3.71). The resumed game and the regularly scheduled game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.