Tres Bien, Saints Comeback and Win In 11, 9-7 Over Les CapitalesST. PAUL, MN June 2, 2014
TRES BIEN, SAINTS COMEBACK AND WIN IN 11, 9-7 OVER LES CAPITALES
QUEBEC, QC (June 2, 2014) – Maybe this east coast roadtrip isn’t such a bad thing after all. The St. Paul Saints won their third consecutive game on their 10-game roadtrip, this time in come from behind fashion winning 9-7 in 11 innings over the Quebec les Capitales at Stade de Municipal and in the process made history under a brand new rule.
With the Saints trailing by a run in the eighth Angelo Songco knotted the game up at five with a solo homer to right, his third of the season.
In the top of the ninth the Saints had a chance to take the lead when Devin Thaut led off with a double. Dwight Childs moved him to third, but Thaut was left stranded when Brandon Wikoff grounded out to first, with the infield drawn in, and Joe Bonfe struck out.
The game remained tied into the 11th when a new rule implemented this season by the Can-Am League took effect. The rule states that at the beginning of the 11th inning the player that precedes the leadoff hitter in the inning will start at second base, the International Olympic rule. With Songco starting the inning at second Jake Taylor laid down a bunt to move him over to third and in the process beat the throw to first for an infield single. Joey Becker then doubled down the right field line scoring Songco giving the Saints a 6-5 lead. Thaut followed with his first professional homer, a three-run shot over the right field wall, to give the Saints a 9-5 lead. Thaut finished the night with a career high four hits going 4-5 with a double, homer, three RBI and two runs scored.
In the bottom of the 11th with a runner starting at second for les Capitales Dan Sattler struck out Rene Leveret. After a walk to Matt Helms, Sattler fanned Bobby Haney. Mike Provencher then delivered a two-run double. With the tying run at the plate and two outs Sattler finished the game with an emphatic strike out of Jonathan Malo. The strikeout was the 16th of the game for Saints pitchers, one shy of the franchise record of 17 set on June 12, 1999 at Fargo-Moorhead.
The Saints fell behind 4-0 after one inning, but Saints starter Nick Barnese settled down after that. He would go 6.0 innings allowing five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out a Saints season high nine, one shy of his career high.
The Saints got back into the game with a run in the fifth when Taylor reached on an infield single to short. Becker singled him to second and Thaut loaded the bases with a single. With one out Wikoff’s sacrifice fly made it 4-1.
The Saints tied it in the seventh when Becker walked and Thaut singled him to second. Childs came through with an RBI double to make it 4-2. A wild pitch scored Thaut to make it 4-3 and Bonfe’s fielder’s choice groundout scored Childs to tie the game at four.
Mikey Mehlich was solid in 3.0 innings of relief allowing one hit while striking out three.
The same two teams meet in the second game of the four game series on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. central at Stade de Municipal. The Saints send RHP Jeff Shields (2-1, 4.50) to the mound against les Capitales LHP Ari Ronick (1-0, 4.32). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.