Saints Squander Eight Run Lead, Lose July 20th Resumed Game, 11-9 In 10ST. PAUL, MN August 16, 2016
This one will sting for the St. Paul Saints. They had an eight run lead after the top of the sixth inning and a 9-4 lead with one out in the eighth with their ace on the mound, Mark Hamburger. Then the Winnipeg Goldeyes exploded for five in the eighth and got a walk-off two-run homer from Josh Romanski in the bottom of the 10th and the Saints lost their resumed game from July 20 11-9 at Shaw Park.
With the Saints leading 9-3 in the seventh Willie Cabrera hit a solo homer, his 14th of the season, to make it 9-4.
In the eighth, Hamburger retired the first hitter he faced, but Casio Grider doubled to left and moved to third on a single by Carlton Tanabe. Adam Heisler stepped up with an RBI double to make it 9-5. An RBI single by Maikol Gonzalez off the glove of a diving Tony Thomas at short scored Heisler to make it 9-6. Hamburger departed and Caleb Thielbar took over. Josh Romanski greeted him with a two-run double to make it 9-8. Two wild pitches would score Romanski to tie the game at nine. Hamburger would go 7.1 innings allowing eight runs on 16 hits while walking two and striking out five.
In the bottom of the 10th Heisler led off with a double and, with one out, Romanski clubbed a two-run walk-off homer to end the game.
The Saints took a 3-0 lead into Tuesday night when the game resumed in the bottom of the second. With the score 3-1 in the third Thomas singled and Dan Johnson hit a two-run homer to right, his fourth of the season, to give the Saints a 5-1 lead. Nate Hanson followed with a solo homer, his ninth of the season, to make it 6-1.
In the fifth the Saints took a 7-1 lead when Willie Argo tripled and scored on Tony Caldwell’s RBI single.
With the Saints up 7-3 in the sixth Hanson came calling again when Thomas doubled with one out and Hanson clubbed his second homer of the game, a two-run shot to left, his 10th of the season, to make it 9-3, a lead the Saints would see disappear.