GARY, IN (August 29, 2012) – The St. Paul Saints offense couldn’t figure out Gary SouthShore Railcats starter Will Krout all night. One game after pounding out a season high in hits the offense managed just five on Wednesday night losing 2-1 at U.S. Steel Yard and saw their elimination number drop to three. The Winnipeg Goldeyes were still in action when the Saints game ended and if Winnipeg wins the Saints elimination number drops to two.
Through the first five innings the only hitter who could get to Krout was Joe Spiers. He singled in the second and stole second, but was left stranded. In the fifth he reached on a bunt single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Ryan Babineau. Spiers was once again left stranded.
In the eighth with the Saints trailing 2-0 Miles Durham finally woke up the offense with a triple to straight away center. Spiers’ ground out scored Durham to cut the deficit to one.
In the ninth, with Krout still on the hill, Adam Frost doubled with one out. With the tying run in scoring position Marco Gonzalez came into the game for Krout to face the Saints three and four hitters. Willie Cabrera would fly out to right and Ole Sheldon grounded out to third to end the game. Krout went 8.1 innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out six and picked up his fourth win of the season.
The Saints started left-hander Brian Gump, making his first start and third appearance since joining the Saints in a trade with the San Rafael Pacifics of the North American League. In the first the Railcats got on the board when Adam Klein walked, stole second and scored on a single by Mike Massaro to make it 1-0.
In the second Trevor Willis singled with one out and with two outs David Cooper slapped a double down the left field line scoring Willis to give the Railcats a 2-0 lead. From that point on Gump settled down. From the third through the sixth Gump allowed just two hits, one of them a bunt single. Gump went 6.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six, but was the hard luck loser.
The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Thursday night at U.S. Steel Yard at 7:10 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (11-5, 2.88) to the mound against Railcats RHP Stephen Hiscock (5-6, 3.31).