Saints Tie American Association Record By Grounding Into Five Double Plays, Lose 7-3ST. PAUL, MN June 28, 2014
SAINTS TIE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION RECORD BY GROUNDING INTO FIVE DOUBLE PLAYS, LOSE 7-3
SIOUX FALLS, SD (June 28, 2014) – It was only fitting that the final out of the ballgame on Saturday night wasn’t just one out, but two. The St. Paul Saints grounded into an American Association tying five double plays, including the final two outs of the game, and lost 7-3 to the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The recipient of all those double plays was Canaries starter Kyle Ruwe, who despite giving up 14 hits in a complete game, managed to limit the damage by getting those five ground ball double plays. Ruwe got two 4-6-3 double plays and a 1-6-3, 6-4-3 and a 5-4-3 double play to end the game. The only solace the Saints took is they didn’t match their franchise record of six set on July 29, 2000 at Duluth-Superior when they were in the Northern League. Evan Bigley, Angelo Songco, Willie Cabrera and Joey Becker twice all hit into the twin killings.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third when Dwight Childs led off with a double and scored when Sam Maus doubled him home. Maus finished the night 3-5 with a double and an RBI.
In the bottom of the third the Canaries sent nine men to the plate and knocked around Saints starter Robert Coe. Kevin Dultz led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Steve Tinoco tied the game at one with a single to center. Sam Lind walked and AJ Kirby Jones singled to load the bases. The next three hitters all drove home runs with singles as Chris Duffy knocked in two and Carlos Mendez and Chris Valencia each brought home one to make it 5-1.
In the fifth the Saints drew to within 5-2 when Joe Bonfe reached on an error by the shortstop Stephen Branca. He advanced to second on a single by Bigley and scored on Songco’s single.
In the seventh, however, the Canaries gave Ruwe a cushion when Lind doubled and Kirby-Jones hit a two-run homer to left, his sixth of the season, to make it 7-1. It was the fourth straight start Coe allowed a homer and he entered play tied for the American Association lead in that category with eight. He went 7.0 innings allowing seven runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out five.
In the eighth the Saints got their final run when Songco walked and with two outs advanced to second on a single by Jake Taylor. He finished the night 3-4. Becker knocked home Songco with a single to right. Ruwe went the distance allowing three runs (two earned) on 14 hits while walking two and striking out two, throwing 128 pitches, 88 for striked.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday evening at 4:05 p.m. at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Saints send RHP Nick Barnese (3-3, 3.43) to the mound against Canaries RHP Kyle Vazquez (2-3, 4.24). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.