Sneed Picks Up Win 14 As Saints Hang On For 2-1 VictoryST. PAUL, MN August 28, 2015
SNEED PICKS UP WIN 14 AS SAINTS HANG ON FOR 2-1 VICTORY
KANSAS CITY, KS (August 28, 2015) – One run ballgames hadn’t gone well on this roadtrip for the St. Paul Saints losing all three one run contests. The fate changed on Friday night behind the arm of Kramer Sneed, a couple of defensive plays at the plate and two solo blasts in a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Both Sneed and T-Bones starter Kris Regas were dominant, but Regas made a couple of mistakes against the Saints, who lead the league in long balls. With the game scoreless in the fourth Vinny DiFazio led off with a solo homer to left, his 16th of the season, to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth Sneed got some help from his defense when he walked the leadoff man in the inning Nate Tenbrink. Jake Blackwood roped a double to right-center field. Tenbrink tried to score, but Anthony Phillips threw a strike to the plate and DiFazio tagged out Tenbrink. Sneed recorded a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning
In the top of the fifth Dan Kaczrowski came through with a two out solo homer over the left field wall, his third of the season. The two homers brought the Saints season total to 93, three shy of tying the franchise record of 96 set in 1999.
Sneed ran into trouble in the fifth when he walked Vladimir Frias to start the inning. Brian Erie singled him to second and, with one out, Sergio Leon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Starlin Rodriguez made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly to center. With the tying run at third Tenbrink flew out to right to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth Adam Bailey tripled with one out. With the infield in Kyle Robinson hit a grounder to Phillips at short, Bailey broke for the plate, but Phillips threw him out easily to cut down the run.
With the Saints up by a run in the top of the seventh and Nate Hanson at second, Alonzo Harris at the plate and two outs a sudden rain shower came down. The tarp crew couldn’t get the tarp all the way on the field and the game was delayed for more than an hour. When play resumed both starters didn’t return. Sneed went 6.0 innings allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out three.
Alex Sogard, who pitched 3.0 innings on Thursday night, came out of the bullpen and was masterful in his 2.0 hitless, shutout innings of work walking just one.
In the ninth Ryan Rodebaugh worked a perfect frame to pick up his league leading 24th save, fourth most in a single-season by a Saints pitcher.
The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityBank Ballpark. The Saints send RHP Jeff Shields (12-2, 3.10) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Drew Gay (2-3, 4.96). The game will not be on radio, but fans can listen by going to saintsbaseball.com and clicking on the audio link on the homepage.