ST. PAUL, MN (August 14, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints led by four runs on two different occasions. They were three outs from victory in the ninth. In the end they couldn’t hold off the hard charging Sioux Falls Canaries, dropping the fourth longest game in franchise history at four hours and 30 minutes, 13-10 in 12 innings at Midway Stadium in front of 6,502.
With the Saints leading 7-6 going to the top of the ninth inning Jon Plefka entered the game to close it out. Nick Van Stratten led off with a double to right. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cory Morales and scored on a single from Marcos Rodriguez to tie the game at seven.
In the 10th the Canaries took their first lead of the night. With two outs Jake Taylor singled and moved to third on a single by Kevin Dultz. After a walk to JP Ramirez loaded the bases, Van Stratten made it 8-7 with an RBI single. Morales followed with a two-run single to give the Canaries a 10-7 lead.
The Saints didn’t go down without a fight, however, battling back against the Canaries closer Alan DeRatt. Dan Kaczrowski led off with a double and pinch hitter Joey Becker reached on a fielding error by DeRatt. With one out Brad Boyer doubled in a run to make it 10-8. Brian Burgamy got the Saints to within a run with a sacrifice fly and Willie Cabrera tied it up with an RBI double.
The Canaries would get the last word in the 12th as Anthony Trajano led off with a single to left. After Van Stratten sacrificed him to second, Morales reached on a fielding error by third baseman Becker. Rodriguez came through again with an RBI double to give the Canaries an 11-10 lead and Reggie Abercrombie’s two-run single put the finishing touches on the game.
The two teams combined for 36 hits and it was the longest game in Saints history since August 23, 2005 when they played 4:36. Adam Frost and Burgamy each finished a triple shy of the cycle with Burgamy and Brandon Tripp collecting three RBI a piece.
The Saints pitching staff gave up all 13 runs from the seventh inning on and each member of the bullpen gave up at least a run. Saints starter Mark Hamburger allowed three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six in 7.0 innings of work.
The same two teams meet Thursday night in the finale of the four game series at 7:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium. The Saints are TBA while the Canaries send LHP Adam Champion (6-7, 5.44). It is German Night at the ballpark. On Thursday, August 15, the Saints welcome the Pillsbury Doughboy and his “flipping” team. They’ll be serving up pancakes to Saint fans with the new pre-made, refrigerated Pillsbury Pancake Batter from General Mills and be a special part of the game activities. Fans can sample pancakes, visit with the Doughboy and watch him help toss out the first pitch. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities Metro Area. Saints fans can find the channel in their area by going to saintsbaseball.com.