QUEBEC, QC (June 1, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning, but the Quebec les Capitales trumped that with a five run third as the Saints lost game one of the double header 5-4 on Saturday night at Stade Municipal de Quebec.
In the first inning the Saints scored all four runs with two outs. Brad Boyer got it started with a single to center. He stole second and scored on Craig Brazell’s RBI single to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Brazell moved to second on a fielding error by center fielder Sebastian Boucher. Willie Cabrera made it 2-0 with an RBI single to center. Brandon Tripp then ripped his fifth homer of the season, a two-run blast to right giving the Saints a 4-0 lead. It’s the eighth time in 14 games Tripp has amassed two RBI in a game.
The lead stayed that way until the third when Cole Nelson gave up a leadoff bloop single to Jeff Helps. Jonathan Malo doubled home helps to make it 4-1. With one out Rene Leveret walked and Josue Peley followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2. With two outs and the bases loaded, Nelson unleashed a wild pitch scoring a run to make it 4-3. Patrick D’Aoust, hitting just .121, doubled just inside the right field line scoring two runs and giving les Capitales the one run lead.
The Saints had a chance to tie in the fourth when Dan Kazcrowski singled with one out, but was thrown out trying to steal. Adam Frost followed with a double and then stole third, but Jose Hernandez fouled out to right to end the inning. The final 10 Saints hitters were retired in order.
QUEBEC, QC (June 1, 2013) – Gym owner by day, dominant pitcher by night. The St. Paul Saints ran into one of the better pitchers in the Can-Am League as Karl Gelinas blanked them in game two of the double header, losing 3-0 on Saturday night at Stade Municipal de Quebec.
Gelinas, who owns a gym in Quebec and couldn’t pitch game one of the double header because he didn’t get off of work in time, instead started game two. It didn’t matter as he flexed his pitching muscle and scattered nine hits en route to his third career complete game shutout. The Saints had three decent chances to score against him. In the first Dan Kaczrowski singled with one out. Brad Boyer singled to right as Kazcrowski took second. Craig Brazell, however, grounded into an inning ending double play.
In the second, with Joey Becker at first and two outs, Jordan Tripp doubled to right moving Becker to third. Dwight Childs struck out to end the inning leaving the two runners stranded in scoring position.
In the fourth, with the Saints trailing 1-0, Jose Hernandez singled with one out. With two outs Jordan Tripp doubled off the wall in center, but Hernandez was thrown out at the plate trying to score ending the threat and the inning. Jordan finished the game 3-3 with two doubles.
Les Capitales got all the runs they would need in the second when Royce Consigli hit a solo homer to right, his fourth of the season, giving les Capitales a 1-0 lead.
The long ball plagued Saints starter George Jensen again in the fifth when Maxime Lefevre led off the inning with a solo shot to right, his second of the season, to make it 2-0. Jensen then hit Dany Deschamps, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Helps. Jonathan Malo singled Deschamps to third and a sacrifice fly from Sebastian Boucher scored Deschamps for the final run of the game. Jensen was solid in 5.0 innings of work allowing three runs on four hits while walking one.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. eastern. The Saints send RHP Wes Roemer (2-1, 4.11) to the mound against les Capitales RHP Jeff Duda (1-0, 3.60).