QUEBEC, QC (June 4, 2014) – Two of the best pitchers in their respective leagues stood toe-to-toe on Wednesday night at Stade de Municipal. Anthony Claggett, who entered play 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA, took the hill for the St. Paul Saints. Karl Gelinas, 2-0, 1.42, countered him for the Quebec Capitales. Unfortunately, the Saints defense let Claggett down as they committed four errors and they had their four game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 defeat.
Both pitchers put up zeroes during the first two innings. In the third Carlos Escobar led off the inning for the Saints with a double, but Gelinas made the pitches and got two strikeouts and a groundout to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the third les Capitales got a two out double from Jonathan Malo. Sebastian Boucher then walked and the first of four errors on the night bit the Saints. Balbino Fuenmayor hit a shallow fly ball to right-center. Second baseman Devin Thaut went out, tried to make an over the shoulder catch that glanced off his glove and fell allowing a run to score on an error by Thaut. Asif Shah made it 2-0 with an RBI single.
In the fourth Jean-Luc Blaquieire doubled with one out and scored on a two out single from Mike Provencher to make it 3-0. Claggett wouldn’t allow anything else the rest of the way going 7.0 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.
Gelinas ran into a small jam in the fifth when Escobar was hit by a pitch and with two outs moved to second a single by Dwight Childs. Gelinas, however, was able to get the big out fanning Joey Becker to end the inning.
In the sixth the Saints finally got to Gelinas. After back-to-back strikeouts to start the inning Henry Wrigley drilled a line drive over the left field wall to put the Saints on the board, his fifth of the season. Brandon Tripp singled and Angelo Songco doubled him to third. Escobar tied a Saints record, which had been accomplished 24 other times, when he was hit for the second time in the game. Thaut, however, hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Gelinas went 7.0 innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out nine.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the four game series on Thursday night at Stade de Municipal at 6:05 p.m. central. The Saints send LHP Cole Nelson (1-2, 2.30) to the mound against Capitales RHP Shawn Sanford (0-1, 9.00).