Saints split doubleheader in Texas 17 Jul 13

LAREDO, TX (July 16, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold it as they lost game one of the double header to the Laredo Lemurs 4-3 at Uni-Trade Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Saints jumped on Lemurs starter David Newmann in the first inning as Adam Frost led off with a double. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Brad Boyer to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Willie Cabrera’s double moved Boyer to third and Brandon Tripp’s sacrifice line out made it 2-0.

The lead lasted until the third when the Lemurs got to Saints starter Mark Hamburger. With one out Jimmy Mojica reached on an infield single to short. Garrett Rau’s double to right moved Mojica to third. With two outs John Alonso and John Allen added RBI singles to tie the game at two.

The Saints wasted little time in taking the lead back as Tripp was hit by a pitch with one out in the fourth. With two outs and Tripp at second Hernandez doubled down the left field line scoring Tripp to give the Saints a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth the Lemurs took the lead for good. Sawyer Carroll led off with a double to right. Alonso’s infield single to third coupled with a throwing error on the play by Joey Becker allowed Carroll to score and tie the game at three. With one out Mike Sheridan walked and Brian Peterson, who finished 3-3, singled to load the bases. Mike Provencher then walked to force in the go ahead run. Hamburger went 5.0 innings allowing four runs on 12 hits while walking three and striking out six.

In the seventh the Saints had a great opportunity to tie the game when Ole Sheldon led off with a single and Hernandez followed with a walk. Dwight Childs, however, popped a sacrifice bunt up to third and pinch runner Donald Blunt was doubled off second. Dan Kaczrowski grounded out to end the game.

LAREDO, TX (July 16, 2013) – Perhaps the St. Paul Saints concentration was waning as the second game of the doubleheader neared a conclusion. The defense nearly gave the game away, but the Saints hung on to defeat the Laredo Lemurs in the second game of the doubleheader 4-3 at Uni-Trade Stadium on Tuesday night to earn the split.

With the Saints leading 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth and two outs John Allen hit a pop up into foul territory. First baseman Ole Sheldon went over to make the catch, but the ball hit the tip of his glove and fell to the ground. On the next pitch Allen hit a pop up into shallow left center that shortstop Brad Boyer went out for and dropped it for an error. The next hitter Mike Sheridan hit a slow roller under pitcher Mikey Mehlich’s glove and Boyer went to field the ball behind the second base bag, but couldn’t come up with it cleanly and it went as an infield single. Dan Poma singled to left driving in a run to make it 4-3.

In the seventh Mehlich started the inning and tried to close it out, but Garrett Rau hit a grounder to third that Joey Becker backhanded, but couldn’t field cleanly and Rau reached on an infield single. Mike Provencher stepped to the plate and attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but Mehlich hit him to put runners at first and second with nobody out. After Brian Peterson struck out Mehlich left the game for closer Matt Meyer. He got Sawyer Carroll to ground out to first, which moved the runners up to second and third. After intentionally walking John Alonso, Meyer struck out .348 hitter Harrison Kain to end the game as Meyer picked up his 10th save of the season.

As in game one the Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead getting three consecutive doubles in the second inning. Willie Cabrera led off with a double and Brandon Tripp followed with one to knock him home and give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Sheldon made it 2-0 with a double of his own. The Saints collected six doubles on the night.

In the fourth Saints starter Drew Gay made his only mistake of the night. He walked the leadoff man Carroll and then on a 3-2 pitch gave up a two-run homer to Alonso, his third of the season, to tie the game at two. Gay, making his second professional appearance and first start, tossed 5.0 innings allowing two runs on two hits while walking four and striking out one to pick up his first professional win.

The Saints took the lead back in the fifth when Adam Frost led off with a bunt single. He stole second and with one out he stole third. Boyer knocked him home with an RBI double to give the Saints a 3-2 lead. Cabrera doubled for the second time on the night and knocked home Boyer to make it 4-2. Cabrera had three doubles in the two games.

The same two teams meet Wednesday night in the finale of the three game series at Uni-Trade Stadium beginning at 7:35 p.m. The Saints send RHP Anthony Claggett (5-2, 3.38) to the mound against Lemurs LHP Fabian Williamson (5-1, 3.88).