Saints Wake Up In Sixth To Stay Perfect Against ExplorersST. PAUL, MN August 7, 2014
SAINTS WAKE UP IN SIXTH TO STAY PERFECT AGAINST THE EXPLORERS
SAINT PAUL, MN (August 7, 2014)—After managing four hits through the first five innings, the St. Paul Saints used four hits to score three runs in the sixth and never looked back in a 4-2 win over the Sioux City Explorers Thursday afternoon at Midway Stadium in front of 6,201. The Saints improved to 7-0 on the season against the Explorers.
Down 2-1 at the start of the sixth, Saints left fielder Willie Cabrera collected his third hit of the game with a single to center field. Henry Wrigley hit a ground ball back up the middle to put two on with no outs. Angelo Songco dropped a sacrifice bunt to push Cabrera and Wrigley to second and third. Jake Taylor walked to load the bases. Keith Brachold hit a ground ball that stayed just fair down the right field line to drive in Cabrera and Wrigley to give the Saints a 3-2 lead. Joey Becker flared a fly ball down the right field line that stayed fair by six inches to score Taylor and give the Saints a 4-2 lead.
Saints starting pitcher Robert Coe looked solid through six-plus innings of work in his first start since being re-signed. Coe gave up one run in both the second and third innings but was able to limit the damage and pitched into the seventh. Coe is now 3-0 against Sioux City.
The Saints gave Coe an early lead after Devin Thaut singled in the bottom of the first. Willie Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 19 games with an RBI double that sent home Thaut for a 1-0 lead. The hitting streak is the sixth longest in Saints franchise history and the third longest in the American Association this season.
Sioux City answered in the second when Andres Perez led off with a double before Amos Ramon hit an RBI single to drive him in and tie it at one.
The Explorers took the lead in the third after Michael Lang led off with a double. Oscar Mesa hit a grounder to Angelo Songco at first, but Songco elected to try and throw out Lang who was headed to third. Songco’s throw was off which put runners on the corners with no outs. Tim Colwell laid down a perfect safety squeeze to score Lang and give the Explorers a 2-1 lead. Coe made the pitches to get out of the jam without any further damage by getting two flyouts.
Dan Sattler pitched the ninth to pick up his 18th save of the season. The team has won a league-high 11 games when trailing after five innings.
Game two of the four game series is Friday night at Midway Stadium at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send Jeff Shields (5-6, 4.27) to the mound against left-hander Jesse English (0-1, 11.57). It is Fan Vote Jersey Night along with Friday Night Fireworks after the game are presented by Xcel Energy. The game can be heard on Sports Radio 105 The Ticket.