Veterans Step Up As Saints Snap Four Game Skid With 10-6 VictoryST. PAUL, MN June 8, 2016
When you are trying to snap a four game losing streak you look to the veteran leaders to help get you out of the funk. Nate Hanson, Angelo Songco and Tony Thomas were those guys on Wednesday night at Potter County Memorial Stadium as the Saints came from behind to defeat the Texas AirHogs 10-6. They improved to 13-8 on the season and 5-5 on their 14 game road trip, the longest in franchise history.
With the Saints trailing 3-0 in the sixth Hanson led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Angelo Songco roped a single to left putting runners at first and second. One of the hottest hitters in the league, Tony Thomas, stepped to the plate and roped a single to left scoring Hanson to make it 3-1. Thomas finished the night 4-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to 20 games, tied for the sixth longest in franchise history with Darryl Motley who hit in 20 straight back in 1995. He is now hitting .400 on the season. With one out Willie Argo made it 3-2 with an RBI single that put runners at the corners. Tanner Vavra’s RBI groundout tied the game at three.
The Saints took their first lead since the top of the first on Monday night, in the seventh. With Breland Almadova on first and one out Hanson doubled him to third. Songco singled home Almadova to give the Saints a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back walks to Thomas and Mike Gilmartin forced in a run to make it 5-3 Saints.
Just like Monday night, however, the lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the seventh Will DuPont doubled off of Hamburger with one out. With two outs Juan Sanchez homered, his fourth of the season, and second in two nights, to tie the game at five. Burt Reynolds then hit a pop up in back of short, but Gilmartin couldn’t find it and it fell in for a single. After a single to Austin Gallagher put runners at first and third Hamburger departed for Caleb Thielbar. He gave up an RBI single to Devon Rodriguez giving the AirHogs a 6-5 lead. Hamburger went 6.2 innings allowing six runs (three earned) while striking out two.
The Saints battled back for the lead in the eighth when Maxx Garrett led off with a walk against former Saints pitcher Alan Oaks. With one out Almadova walked. Hanson then singled to center scoring pinch runner Brady Burzynski. The ball skipped by the centerfielder allowing Almadova and Hanson to score on the three base error and giving the Saints an 8-6 lead. Hanson finished the night 2-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Songco followed with a solo homer to left-center, his fifth of the season and second in as many nights, to give the Saints a 9-6 lead. Songco went 3-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
The Saints tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on an Alonzo Harris solo homer, his fourth of the season.
The Saints pounded out 15 hits with seven different players collecting a hit and RBI and six different players scoring a run.
The Saints travel to Sioux Falls Stadium for the final series of their 14 game roadtrip on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (2-0 2.79) to the mound. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.