Saints Roll Over Explorers 11-1ST. PAUL, MN August 18, 2013
SIOUX CITY, IA (August 18, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints made sure they didn’t overlook the task at hand before they play a huge week of games at Midway Stadium with two teams they are chasing in the wild card hunt. The Saints pounded the team with the worst record in the American Association, the Sioux City Explorers, 11-1 on Sunday evening at Lewis and Clark Park and remained 4.5 games behind the Gary SouthShore Railcats in the wild card race with 14 games remaining.
The Saints jumped all over Andy Noga, who entered play tied for the most losses in the league with 10, in the first inning as Adam Frost led off the game with a solo homer to left, his career high ninth of the season. Dan Kaczrowski was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double by Brian Burgamy. Willie Cabrera’s two-run double made it 3-0. With two outs Donald Blunt singled home Cabrera to give the Saints a 4-0 lead.
Burgamy came through in the second when Frost reached on an error, stole second and scored on Burgamy’s single to make it 5-0.
Sloppy play in the fourth led to three runs for the Saints. Frost led off with a single, stole second and Kaczrowski walked. Burgamy singled to load the bases. Cabrera then hit a grounder to third and Frost was forced at home, but catcher Adrian Martinez’ throw to first was high and glanced off first baseman Luke Murton’s glove allowing Kaczrowski to score and make it 6-0. Jose Hernandez reached on an error by third baseman Austin Gallagher allowing Burgamy to score making it 7-0. The Saints finished the scoring in the inning on a Blunt sacrifice fly.
The Saints used the long ball to score their final three runs. Joey Becker hit a towering shot off the scoreboard in left field, his career high fourth of the year, in the sixth inning.
Burgamy finished his night with a two-run homer in the eighth, his fifth of the seaspn. He finished the night 4-5 with a double, homer, three RBI and three runs scored. Frost finished the night 3-6 with a home run, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Not to be overlooked was the Saints pitching as starter Cole Nelson induced four double plays in his 6.0 innings of work, allowing just a solo homer to Murton in the fourth, on six hits while walking four and striking out two.
The bullpen pitched 3.0 perfect innings of relief as the newest member T.J. Hose along with Dustin Klabunde and Matt Meyer finished off the game.
The Saints head home for a four game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes beginning Monday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (5-6, 3.50) to the mound against LHP Pete Gehle (4-7, 5.01). It is the Fourth Annual Zombie Baseball Crawl presented by Savers. The game can be heard on Club 1220 AM and in the ballpark on 87.9 FM.