Saints Wave Goodbye To Nine Game Losing Streak With 9-6 Comeback WinST. PAUL, MN August 18, 2014
SAINTS WAVE GOODBYE TO NINE GAME LOSING STREAK WITH 9-6 COMEBACK WIN
GARY, IN (August 18, 2014) – The Saints offense took out nine games worth of frustration on the Gary SouthShore Railcats. A huge six run eighth inning helped the Saints come from behind to defeat the Railcats 9-6 on Monday evening at U.S. Steel Yard ending their franchise record nine game losing streak.
With the Saints trailing 6-3 in the top of the eighth and having not collected a hit since the third, they managed to get a leadoff single from Devin Thaut. Evan Bigley extended his hitting streak to nine straight with a single to right-center. The Saints loaded the bases on a single from Jake Taylor. Henry Wrigley then smoked his second double of the game, clearing the bases, to tie the game at six. That chased Railcats starter Dustin Crenshaw from the game and brought on reliever Ethan Gibbons. He walked Angelo Songco and gave up a single to Joe Bonfe to load the bases. Keith Brachold then cleared the bases with a double off the base of the left field wall that gave the Saints a three run lead.
The bullpen did the rest with Mikey Mehlich pitching out of a first and second no out jam in the eighth by striking out the final three hitters he faced.
Dan Sattler closed it out in the ninth, striking out the final two hitters he faced, to record his 19th save of the season in 20 attempts. The Saints pitching staff struck out 13 Railcats on the night.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Thaut led off the game with a single and, with two outs, Wrigley doubled him home. Wrigley finished the game 2-5 with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored while Thaut was 3-5 with three runs scored.
The Saints made it 3-0 in the third when Thaut once again singled and Taylor hit a two-run homer to left, his sixth of the season.
The Railcats got two back in the bottom of the inning when, with two outs and a runner at third, Zac Mitchell dropped down a bunt single to drive home Wally Backman Jr. to make it 3-1. An errant pickoff attempt by Robert Coe allowed Mitchell to scamper to third and he scored on a single from Ryan Babineau to make it 3-2.
Danny Pulfer delivered the big blow for the Railcats in the fourth when he hit a grand slam off of Saints starter Coe, Pulfers seventh homer of the season, to give the Railcats a 6-3 lead. The home run was the 17th given up by Coe this season tying a single-season franchise record set by Robert Donnelly in 1998.
The Saints looked like they were on their way to their 10th straight loss as Crenshaw retired 12 in a row from the end of the third until an error in the seventh and didn’t allow a hit from Taylor’s homer in the third until the leadoff single in the eighth. The Saints, however, would not allow the losing streak to reach double digits.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night at U.S. Steel Yard at 7:10 p.m. The Saints send RHP Nick Barnese (6-7, 3.95) to the mound. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.