ST. PAUL, MN (May 17, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints put on a dominating pitching performance as they retired the final 23 New Jersey Jackals hitters en route to a 5-1 victory on Friday night at Midway Stadium in front of 4,028.
Saints starter Wes Roemer was masterful and after allowing back-to-back singles to Yesanberty Arbelo and Jaren Matthews in the second inning the Jackals never reached base again. Roemer retired 17 straight before departing after the seventh inning. In all, Roemer went 7.0 innings allowing one unearned on three hits while striking out seven. The Saints top two starters have gone 14.0 innings allowing just three runs (two earned) and striking out 15.
The bullpen did its job as well with Connor Whalen and Mikey Mehlich each pitching a perfect inning of relief.
With the Saints trailing 1-0 the offense got Roemer all the run support he would need in the fourth. Brad Boyer walked with one out and moved to second on a single by Craig Brazell. Willie Cabrera then hit a grounder into the hole between short and third which was stopped on a backhanded play by Jeremy Barnes at short, but he had no play. With the bases loaded Brandon Tripp knocked home Boyer to tie the game at one. Jose Hernandez then lined a sacrifice fly into center scoring Brazell to give the Saints a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth the Saints put the finishing touches on the scoring as Dwight Childs led off with an infield single. Dan Kaczrowski, who finished the night 3-5 with a run scored, doubled Childs to third. Joey Becker followed with a sacrifice line out to give the Saints a 3-1 lead. Boyer doubled home Kaczrowski to make it 4-1 and three batters later Brandon Tripp added his second RBI with a single to center to cap off the scoring. Tripp finished the night 2-4 with two RBI.
The same two teams meet Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium in game three of the four game series. The Saints send RHP Luke Anderson (NR) to the mound against Jackals LHP Craig Bennigson (NR). The Saints Celebrate Women in Sports with the record-setting University of Minnesota women’s hockey team in attendance.