TROIS RIVIERES, QC (May 30, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints and Trois-Rivieres Aigles were locked in a pitcher’s duel in game one of their double header at Stade Fernand-Bedard, but it was the Saints Luke Anderson outpitching les Aigles Jeff Shields in a 2-0 win on Thursday evening.
Anderson retired the first six hitters he faced before giving up a lead-off double to Drew Miller in the third. With one out Phillipe Deslisle singled Miller to third. Anderson, however, got out of the jam by getting two fly outs to left.
He ran into similar trouble in the fifth when Miller doubled with one out and moved to third on an infield single by Cam Kneeland. Anderson was able to get Deslisle on a fly out and struck out David Cooper in a 10 pitch at bat.
The Saints got all the runs they needed in the second when Willie Cabrera led off with a walk and Brandon Tripp hit a two-run homer to straight away center, his fourth of the season. It was the seventh time in 12 games that Brandon had two RBI in a game.
Anderson finally left the game when he gave up a one out single to Brett Flowers in the seventh. Closer Matt Meyer got two foul outs, however, to end the game.
TROIS-RIVIERS, QC (May 30, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints hadn’t swept a road double header since 2007. They have now done it twice in back-to-back roadtrips as the finished off the double header sweep of Trois-Rivieres Aigles winning game two 2-1 at Stade Fernand-Bedard on Thursday night.
For the second straight game the Saints got phenomenal starting pitching, this time from Anthony Claggett. He didn’t allow a hit in the first two innings and then gave up a lead-off double in the third. Just like Luke Anderson in game one, Claggett made the pitches when he had too. Claggett got Charles Neil to hit a tapper in front of the plate for the first out and then retired David Cooper on a ground out to short and Jeremy Nowak on a fly out to center.
With the Saints leading 1-0 in the fifth les Aigles finally got to Claggett. Brett Flowers led off with a double and with two outs, and Flowers still at second, Neil doubled him home tying the game at one. Claggett would go 6.0 innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out three and improved to 3-0 on the season.
The Saints answered right back in the sixth when Adam Frost led off with a walk. Dan Kaczrowski sacrificed him to second and Brad Boyer doubled him home.
In the bottom of the seventh Mikey Mehlich closed it out. He got the first two outs of the inning before giving up a double to Cam Kneeland, but struck out Neil looking to end the game to pick up his first save of the season.
The Saints got their first run of the game in the first when Frost led off the game with a single. Kaczrowski then hit a grounder to short, but Kneeland’s throw went into right field allowing Frost to go to third. Boyer’s double play ground out scored Frost to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
The Saints now head to Stade de Municipal to take on the Quebec les Capitales in a three game series beginning Friday night at 7:05 p.m.eastern. The Saints send LHP Cole Nelson (0-0, 0.93) to the mound against les Capitales RHP Karl Gelinas (1-0, 0.00).