ST. PAUL, MN (August 10, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints scored five runs in the last two innings to defeat the Sioux City Explorers 7-5 on Saturday Night in front of a crowd of 5,223 at Midway Stadium. The Saints defense played a huge role in the outcome as well, turning five double plays to tie an American Association record that last occurred on July 17, 2012 when Fargo-Moorhead turned the same number against Sioux Falls.
The Saints broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning when, with two on base and one out, Dan Kaczrowski ripped a two RBI single up the middle to give St. Paul the lead. Kaczrowski was on the base paths all night long going 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a walk. The reason the game was tied at that point was Brian Burgamy’s three-run blast the inning prior. After Kaczrowski doubled to begin the frame, Jose Hernandez followed with a single, setting the stage for the slugger to make a mark with his first hit as a member of the Saints.
Contrary to the previous night’s game between the same clubs, this game featured early scoring from both sides. Sioux City tallied first in the opening inning on an RBI single by Austin Gallagher. The Saints answered back immediately in their half when Willie Cabrera singled home Kaczrowski, who had begun the inning with a double.
The 1-1 tie held until the fourth when Sioux City notched two more off of Saints starter Billy Soule. Both runs were plated on a two out double by Peter Barrows. Soule escaped the inning without further damage, but his night was ended after 4.0 innings, having allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Explorers added another run in the sixth inning off of reliever Kyle Morrison. Sioux City hit consecutive singles to start the inning, but a double play left them with a runner on third and two down for Yusuke Inoguchi. Inoguchi singled to score the runner and it was 4-1.
The Saints inched closer in their half of the sixth when Dwight Childs drove in Brandon Tripp with an RBI single.
The Explorers scored their final run of the night on a leadoff solo home run by Alberto Espinosa in the seventh off of Mikey Mehlich.
Jon Plefka worked a one, two, three ninth inning to earn his second save with the Saints.