FARGO, ND (August 7, 2012) – Newman Outdoor Field may be home to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, but St. Paul Saints starter Luke Anderson called it home for three years pitching for the North Dakota State Bison. He owned the field on Tuesday as the Saints snapped the RedHawks 14 game home winning streak with an 8-2 victory.
Anderson, who tossed seven complete games this year as a senior with the Bison, outpitched the second best pitcher in the American Association, Paul Burnside. Anderson’s only two mistakes on the evening were solo homers to Eric Campbell in the fourth and Jon Gaston in the seventh. Other than those two home run just two other runners reached as far as second. He nearly tossed his first professional complete game, but his 3-2 pitch to Ryan Delgado in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, the 125th of his evening, just missed outside for ball four. The 125 pitches was enough for manager George Tsamis who pulled Anderson in favor of Bret Severtson. Anderson threw 85 strikes and just 40 balls on the night going 8.2 innings allowing two runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six and improved to 4-1.
The Saints offense roughed up Burnside who came into the evening with the second best ERA in the American Association at 2.73. In the first Jim Rapoport led off with a walk and scored on an Adam Frost triple to make it 1-0.
In the third the Saints made it 3-0 as Rapoport led off with a single and moved to third on Frost’s single. Ole Sheldon’s double play ground out scored Rapoport to make it 2-0. Ronnie Bourquin followed with a single and Jose Hernandez knocked him home with a double to right-center.
In the fourth the Saints struck for three more as Willie Cabrera, who returned from the disabled list after a two week absence, doubled to left-center. With one out Jon Townsend and Alex Garabedian walked to load the bases. With two outs Frost ripped a two-run single to center to give the Saints a 5-0 lead and that chased Burnside. Ole Sheldon followed with an RBI single to make it 6-0. Burnside tossed a season low 3.2 innings and allowed a season high six runs on a season tying high eight hits.
Cabrera drove in two more runs with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a solo homer in the seventh, his eighth of the season. He finished the game 2-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Seven of nine Saints collected a hit with four collecting multi-hit games including Frost who was 3-5 with a triple and three RBI.
The last loss the RedHawks had at home came on July 1 against the Saints. Since June 15 the RedHawks have won 40 of 49 games with five of the nine losses coming against the Saints.
The same two teams meet on Wednesday night in game two of the three game series at Newman Outdoor Field at 7:02 p.m. The Saints send RHP Kyle Ruwe (0-1, 4.29) to the mound against RedHawks RHP Aaron Shafer (7-5, 4.52).