ST. PAUL, MN (June 26, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints offense was explosive on Wednesday afternoon at Midway Stadium. They tied one franchise record and accomplished something that hadn’t been done since 1996 when a man named Darryl Strawberry was playing for the team as they routed the Lincoln Saltdogs 17-8 in front of 5,596 and earned the three game sweep.
The Saints pounded out a season high 20 hits and got the offense started in the third. With the Saints trailing 1-0 Dan Kaczrowski walked and Adam Frost singled. Joey Becker tied the game at one with an RBI single. That brought up Brad Boyer who deposited one over the right field wall for a three-run blast, his fifth of the season, to give the Saints a 4-1 lead. The very next hitter, Willie Cabrera, also went deep, his fourth of the season, to make it 5-1. The Saints weren’t done as the very next hitter, Brandon Tripp, hit one over the right field wall, his 11th of the season, to make it 6-1. It was the first time the Saints had gone back-to-back since 1996 when Strawberry, Marty Neff and Kevin Garner did it. That trio did it twice that season, once in Duluth and the other time in Sioux Falls, the only times in Saints history it had been accomplished until Wednesday.
The Saints topped their six run third with a seven run fourth. Boyer started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to give the Saints a 7-1 lead. Cabrera roped a double to right-center that scored a run to make it 8-1. Brandon Tripp then hit his second homer of the game, 12th of the season, a two-run blast to right making it 10-1. It was the fourth time in Tripp’s career he had a two homer game. He finished the game 4-5 with a double, two homers, three RBI and a run scored. His 11 bases were one shy of the franchise record of 12 set by three other players. Dwight Childs added a two-run double and Kaczrowski, who started the fourth inning with a walk, added an RBI single to make it 13-1.
The Saints put the finishing touches on their offensive explosion with a four spot in the seventh. Frost reached on a one out single. He finished the game 4-6 with three runs scored. Becker followed with a single and Boyer knocked in a run with a single to make it 14-6. Boyer finished the game 2-4 with a homer, five RBI and two runs scored. Cabrera then hit his second homer of the game and fifth of the season, a two-run opposite field homer to right to make it 17-6. It was the second time in Cabrera’s career he hit two homers in a game doing it last year against Winnipeg. Cabrera went 3-5 with a double, two homers, five RBI and three runs scored.
The Saints finished with 17 RBI which tied a franchise record accomplished three previous times, the last time on May 31, 2009 at Sioux City, which is the last time they scored 17 runs in a game. The 20 hits were the most by the Saints since September 2, 2011 in a playoff game against Winnipeg when they pounded out 21.
The Saints have Thursday off and head out on the road to take on the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium in a three game series beginning Friday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Anthony Claggett (4-1, 3.77) to the mound.