ST. PAUL, MN (July 28, 2012) – Luke Anderson hasn’t pitched like a rookie since the day he got to St. Paul. On Saturday night at Midway Stadium Anderson looked like he was on his way to some history as he took a no hitter into the sixth as the Saints took down the Quebec les Capitales 6-2 in front of 6,436.
The 23-year-old Anderson walked the second batter of the game, but retired the next two hitters in the inning which started a string of eight in a row set down. In the top of the fourth Anderson walked Josh Colafemina again, but got a pop out and a double play to end the inning. After retiring the side in the fifth and the first two hitters in the sixth, Anderson walked the leadoff hitter in the order, Jeff Helps. On a 2-2 pitch to Colafemina Anderson gave up his first hit of the game, a bloop single to center to break up the no hitter after 5.2 innings. Anderson struck out Sebastian Boucher to end the inning and his night. Anderson threw 105 pitches, 63 for strikes and allowed just one hit in 6.0 scoreless innings while walking three and striking out a career high eight.
The Saints offense got Anderson all his run support in the first inning when Ole Sheldon was hit by a pitch with two outs. Ronnie Bourquin made les Capitales starter Chad Jones pay with a two-run homer to right-center, his eighth of the season, to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The Saints took a 4-0 lead in the third when Jake Krause led off the inning by reaching on an error by shortstop Helps. Krause stole second and scored on a single by Joe Spiers to make it 3-0. Spiers advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Bourquin. He finished the night 4-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
Overall the Saints pitching staff allowed a season low, for a nine inning game, three hits and have now allowed just 13 hits in their last three games. The win propelled the Saints to five games over .500, 35-30, the highest they’ve been over .500 this season and now just 2.5 games behind the Wild Card leading Winnipeg Goldeyes.
The final game of the three game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium. The Saints send RHP Kyle Ruwe (0-0, 3.00) to the mound against les Capitales RHP Karl Gelinas (7-3, 2.39). It is “Haven’t I Seen This Promotion Before?” It’s Groundhog Day!