Saints Take Down Lemurs 6-3 In First Game Of Big SeriesST. PAUL, MN July 18, 2014
SAINTS TAKE DOWN LEMURS 6-3 IN FIRST GAME OF BIG SERIES
ST. PAUL, MN (July 18, 2014) – It may be only the middle of July and still six weeks left in the season, but the St. Paul Saints know how big the series is against the Laredo Lemurs. The Lemurs led the Saints by 1.0 game in the Wild Card going into Friday night’s game. They are now in a virtual tie after a 6-3 victory in front of 5,116 at Midway Stadium and perhaps more importantly are only 3.5 games behind the North Division leaders, the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
The Lemurs entered play as the top team in the league in batting average and home runs and second in runs scored. It took them two hitters to flex their muscles as JP Ramirez hit a solo homer to center field, his fifth of the season, to put the Lemurs up 1-0. Saints starter Anthony Claggett, however, was masterful the rest of the way and kept the Lemurs off balance most of the night.
The Saints used a long ball of their own to tie the game when Devin Thaut hit a solo homer to left-center in the third, his third of the season, to make it 1-1. Thaut extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
That’s when the Saints offense took off and put up crooked numbers in back-to-back innings. In the fourth they sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs. Henry Wrigley led off with a single to right. Evan Bigley followed with a walk. After Angelo Songco sacrificed them over, Joe Bonfe knocked the runs home with a single to make it 3-1 with Bonfe advancing to second on the throw home. Joey Becker’s single moved Bonfe to third and, with two outs, Thaut made it 4-1 with an RBI single.
The Saints added two more in the fifth when Willie Cabrera led off with a double. With two outs Evan Bigley walked. The two moved up when catcher Carlos Ramirez tried to pick off Bigley at first and his throw went into right field. Keith Brachold cashed in with a two-run single to make it 6-1.
The Lemurs made it 6-2 in the seventh when Harrison Kain led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by Ramirez. Claggett went 7.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out five.
The Lemurs last run came off of reliever Mikey Mehlich in the eighth on a long ball from Denis Phipps, his sixth of the season.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. The Saints are TBA while the Lemurs send RHP Josh Strawn (4-6, 3.89) to the mound. It is Send In The Clones. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on 87.9 FM.