ST. PAUL, MN (May 19, 2013) – Brandon and Jordan Tripp are separated by four years and had never played in a game together prior to this season. For the first time they both started in the same game and made it a memorable one with each homering as they helped the St. Paul Saints win 9-3 over the New Jersey Jackals, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain, on Sunday afternoon at Midway Stadium in front of 3,350. The Saints took three out of four in the series to begin the season.
For the second consecutive game the Saints put up a crooked number in the first inning as the first four hitters reached base. Dan Kaczrowski reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jeremy Barnes. Adam Frost’s bunt single put runners at first and second. Joey Becker followed with a walk to load the bases. Craig Brazell came through with a two-run single to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Willie Cabrera made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly and Brandon Tripp finished the scoring with an RBI infield single.
With the Saints leading 4-1 in the fourth Brandon Tripp hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot to right-center, to make it 5-1. Brandon finished the game 3-4 with a homer, two RBI and a run scored. Two batters later Dwight Childs hit his first homer of the year, a solo drive to left-center to make it 6-1 Saints.
In the sixth the Jackals made it 6-2 when Jeremy Barnes hit his first homer of the season, a solo blast to left.
The Saints answered right back in the bottom of the sixth as Jordan Tripp joined his brother in the home run department when he hit a solo bomb off the scoreboard in left-center, his first of the season to make it 7-2.
With the score 7-3 the Saints tacked on two more in the seventh when Kaczrowski reached on a three base throwing error by pitcher Chad Rose. Adam Frost knocked him home with a single to make it 8-3. With Frost at second and one out, he stole third and scored on Brazell’s single.
Saints starter Anthony Claggett was solid in his season debut going 6.0 innings allowing two runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three.
The Saints have Monday off and will head to Sioux Falls Stadium for a three game series beginning Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.