Saints Win Slugfest 10-8 Over CanariesST. PAUL, MN May 22, 2014
SAINTS WIN SLUGFEST 10-8 OVER CANARIES
ST. PAUL, MN (May 22, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints entered play on Thursday night at Midway Stadium first in the league in runs scored and second in batting average. They didn’t do anything to hurt either of those positions as they outslugged the Sioux Falls Canaries for a 10-8 victory in front of 3,618 and claimed their fourth straight victory while improving to 7-1 on the season.
With the game tied at three in the fourth the Saints took the lead for good with a four run fourth. Joey Becker led off with a single to center and moved to third on a single by Devin Thaut. A safety squeeze by Dwight Childs scored Becker to give the Saints a 4-3 lead. Evan Bigley reached on an error by third baseman Carlos Mendez which moved Thaut to third. Joe Bonfe extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single that made it 5-3 Saints. Two wild pitches later and the Saints had a 6-3 lead. They finished the scoring in the inning with an RBI double by Henry Wrigley to make it 7-3.
It stayed that way until the seventh when the Canaries got to within two as Drew Muren singled with one out. He moved to second on a balk and scored on an RBI single from Brandon Jones to make it 7-4. Chase Burch followed with a single that put runners at the corners and an error by third baseman Bonfe allowed Jones to score and make it 7-5.
The Saints, as they have done all season, answered right back with two in the bottom of the inning. Willie Cabrera walked and Angelo Songco deposited one over the right field wall, his first of the season, to give the Saints a 9-5 lead. Songco finished the night 3-4 with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and a run scored.
The Canaries made it 9-6 with a run in the eighth on a double by Chris Duffy, who moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Kevin Dultz sacrifice fly.
The Saints got the insurance run back in the bottom of the inning when Brandon Tripp doubled and scored on Wrigley’s single.
They needed all the insurance runs as the Canaries got a two-run homer in the ninth by Chris Valencia, his first of the season, to cut the Saints lead to two. Dan Sattler came into the game and got the final out for his third save of the season.
Saints starter Nick Barnese settled down after giving up three runs in the first two innings and retired the final eight batters he faced going 6.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.
The Saints pounded out 12 hits with Tripp, Wrigley and Becker each collecting two hits.
The same two teams meet Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. in game two of the four game series. The Saints send LHP Cole Nelson (0-1, 4.50) to the mound against Canaries RHP Kyle Ruwe (0-1, 17.36). It is Wits Night at the ballpark as John Moe brings his popular show to the ballpark. The game can be heard on Sports Radio 105 The Ticket and in the ballpark on 87.9 FM.