Saints Lose On Walk-Off Homer 5-2ST. PAUL, MN August 31, 2014
SAINTS LOSE ON WALK-OFF HOMER 5-2
KANSAS CITY, KS (August 30, 2014) – St. Paul Saints starter Nick Barnese had allowed just two home runs all season. In the bottom of the seventh inning, of a seven inning game, he gave up his third at the wrong time, a walk-off three run homer by T.J. Mittelstaedt, as the Saints lost 5-2 on Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
In the seventh Robby Kuzdale led off with an infield single to the third base side that Barnese fielded, but his throw to first was late. Brian Erie began his at bat trying to hit and run, but fouled the first pitch off. On the second pitch he attempted to bunt, but missed and eventually struck out. Barnese then threw a pickoff attempt in the dirt that bounced into the stands allowing Kuzdale to take second. Pinch hitter Bryan Sabatella walked and that brought up Mittelstaedt. He had homered twice already on the day, in the resumed second game of the double header. On a 1-0 pitch Mittelstaedt clubbed a three-run shot over the right field wall, his 15th of the season, for the walk-off winner.
The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead getting single runs in the first and second. In the first Mitch Elliott led off with an infield single. Devin Thaut singled him to third. Willie Cabrera, who is tied for first in the league in double plays, grounded into his 18th of the season, but Elliott scored to make it 1-0.
In the second T-Bones starter Joe Van Meter walked four, the last to Elliott which forced in a run to make it 2-0.
The T-Bones tied it in the third when Darrell Hudson led off with an infield single to third. With one out Danny Richar singled Hudson to third. An RBI single by Matt Padgett made it 2-1 and Ray Sadler’s RBI fielder’s choice knotted the game at two.
The same two teams meet in the fourth game of the five game series on Sunday evening at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Drew Gay (5-2, 3.43) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Casey Barnes (3-6, 5.92). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.