A Shot In The Arm As Saints Blank Jackals 5-0ST. PAUL, MN May 31, 2014
A SHOT IN THE ARM AS SAINTS BLANK JACKALS 5-0
LITTLE FALLS, NJ (May 31, 2014) – Cole Nelson had a couple of extra days between starts after being placed on the seven day disabled list when the rosters went from 23 to 22. Those extra days did him good as he dominated the New Jersey Jackals over 6.1 innings and Mikey Mehlich pitched the final 2.2 innings as the St. Paul Saints earned their second shutout of the season with a 5-0 blanking of the New Jersey Jackals on Saturday night at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Nelson pitched out of a first inning jam and got stronger as the game went along. The speedy Felix Sanchez led off with an infield single to short. He was erased trying to steal second. Alonzo Harris walked and Jeremy Barnes singled him to second. After Joe Dunnigan struck out, Carlos Mesa reached on an infield single to load the bases. Nelson, however, would get Jose Cuevas to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Nelson would walk one in the second and third, but wouldn’t allow another hit until a leadoff single in the fifth. He never faced more than four batters from the second through the sixth. Nelson started the seventh by giving up a leadoff single to Tony Caldwell, who moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a fly out by Yaniel Cabezas. Nelson left the game as Mikey Mehlich came on in relief. Mehlich preserved the shutout by getting a comebacker and a ground out to first. He struck out the side in the eighth and completed the shutout by pitching a scoreless ninth. Nelson went 6.1 innings allowing five hits while walking three and striking out six while Mehlich went 2.2 innings allowing one hit and striking out three.
The Saints offense got Nelson all the support he needed in the second. Brandon Tripp led off with a single to right followed by a walk to Angelo Songco, one of three on the night for him. With one out Devin Thaut gave the Saints a 1-0 lead with a single to right. Dwight Childs was hit by a pitch to load the bases and, with two outs, Joe Bonfe knocked home two with a single to left-center giving the Saints a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth the Saints used three walks and a sacrifice fly from Childs to take a 4-0 lead. They finished the scoring in the eighth when Bonfe doubled, moved to third on a single by Bigley and scored on Wrigley’s ground out.
The other shutout this season for the Saints came on Opening Day when they blanked the Gary SouthShore Railcats 5-0.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. central. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (2-1, 8.36) to the mound against Jackals LHP Tom Vessella (1-0, 3.00). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.