Saints Swept By Birds, Lose 4-3ST. PAUL, MN June 29, 2014
SAINTS SWEPT BY BIRDS, LOSE 4-3
SIOUX FALLS, SD (June 29, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints grounded into three more double plays, committed two crucial errors in the first inning and failed to come up with a hit on two different occasions with the bases loaded and one out. It all added up to a 4-3 loss to the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium and a sweep at the hands of the team that had the worst record in the American Association when the series started on Friday night.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Jake Taylor singled and with two outs Henry Wrigley doubled him home.
In the bottom of the first, however, errors proved to be costly for the Saints. Steve Tinoco led off with an infield single to second. With one out AJ Kirby-Jones doubled him to third. A groundout by Chris Duffy scored Tinoco to tie the game at one. After that it was back-to-back errors by Taylor at third that proved costly. Carlos Mendez hit a grounder to third, but Taylor’s throw to first pulled Angelo Songco off the bag allowing Kirby-Jones to score and making it 2-1. After a walk to Chris Valencia put runners at first and second Stephen Branca hit a grounder to Taylor, but his throw to second went into right field allowing Mendez to score making it 3-1.
The Canaries tacked on a run in the second as they loaded the bases with nobody out when Kevin Dultz reached on an infield single to short, Tinoco singled and Brandon Jones walked. AJ Kirby Jones knocked home a run with a single to make it 4-1. Saints starter Nick Barnese pitched out of the jam after that getting two strike outs and a line out to end the inning.
The Saints loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Wrigley flew out to shallow left and Songco grounded out to end the inning.
In the fourth Brandon Tripp singled and Joe Bonfe walked. With two outs Sam Maus doubled them both home to make it 4-3.
The Saints had their opportunities to tie or take the lead after that. In the sixth Tripp led off with a double. He moved to third on a groundout, but Bonfe hit a liner back to the mound that was caught by Joe Testa who doubled Tripp off of third. The Saints hit into 11 double plays in the three game series.
In the eighth the Saints once again loaded the bases with one out, but Willie Cabrera lined out to short and Bonfe grounded out to first to end the inning.
The Saints have Monday off and return to action on Tuesday night at Midway Stadium for a three game series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks beginning at 7:05 p.m. Both teams are TBA. It is Christmas in July. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.