FARGO, ND (July 26, 2014) – All good things must come to an end, but the St. Paul Saints were hoping they could ride their winning streak a little longer. Unfortunately, a six run sixth inning did in the Saints as they lost 9-4 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Saturday evening at Newman Outdoor Field.
The Saints carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the RedHawks sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs on just three hits, but the last one was a big one. Eric Castro led off the inning with a double down the right field line and Nic Jackson followed with a walk. Petey Paramore then hit a perfect double play ball to shortstop Joey Becker. He ran and touched second for the force out, but his throw to first bounced in the dirt and Angelo Songco was unable to pick it which put runners at first and third. That opened the flood gates as Brandon Tripp was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sawyer Carroll drilled a two-run double off the right field wall to tie the game at four. After Anthony Kaskadden walked to load the bases Saints starter Jeff Shields was removed in favor of reliever Mackenzie King. He walked Zach Penprase to force in a run and give the RedHawks a 5-4 lead. Ronnie Bourquin then crushed a bases clearing double off the right field wall to give the RedHawks an 8-4 lead.
For the second straight game the Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead getting on the board in the first inning when Devin Thaut walked, moved to third on a double by Jared McDonald and scored on a sacrifice fly by Henry Wrigley to make it 1-0.
In the third Willie Cabrera singled home Thaut to make it 2-0. Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.
The RedHawks, however, for the second straight night tied the game at two in the bottom of the third. Carroll reached on a fielding error by Thaut at second. Kaskadden then hit a fly ball down the left field line that started foul, but the wind, which was blowing hard towards right, blew it fair and it bounced on the warning track over the wall for a ground rule double. A walk to Penprase loaded the bases. Bourquin’s sacrifice fly made it 2-1 and an RBI double by CJ Retherford tied the game at two.
The Saints answered right back with a run in the fourth when Angelo Songco singled off the right field wall. Songco moved to second on a wild pitch and Jake Taylor singled him to third. After Keith Brachold was hit by a pitch to load the bases it looked as if the Saints were on their way to a big inning. Joe Bonfe, however, grounded into a double play that scored a run and gave the Saints a 3-2 lead, but they would get no more.
In the sixth Songco led off with a double and scored when Taylor tripled him in to make it 4-2. With the runner at third and nobody out the Saints couldn’t score and that gave the RedHawks all the momentum they needed for the big six run bottom of the sixth.
FARGO, ND (July 27, 2014) – Maybe the All-Star break is coming at just the right time for the St. Paul Saints. Despite the recent eight game winning streak the Saints have lost their last two at the hands of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, including a 13-5 thumping on Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field.
The RedHawks jumped all over Saints starter Robert Coe in the second inning and never looked back. They sent 11 men to the plate and scored eight runs despite just four hits, but two of them left the ballpark. Eric Castro led off with a walk and Nic Jackson followed with a two-run homer to right, his seventh of the season, to give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead. Petey Paramore followed the home run with a walk and with one out Sawyer Carroll singled him to third. The RedHawks made it 3-0 on an RBI single by Anthony Kaskadden. A walk to Zach Penprase loaded the bases and Ronnie Bourquin followed with a walk to force in a run and make it 4-0. CJ Retherford then crushed one over the right field wall for a grand slam, his eighth of the season, giving the RedHawks an 8-0 lead.
The Saints could never climb out of the hole, but did get two back in the fifth. Jared McDonald led off with a solo homer to right, his first with the Saints. With one out Joey Becker reached on an infield single and scored on a double by Dwight Childs to make it 8-2.
The RedHawks answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Brandon Tripp reached on a one out single, Carroll walked and Kaskadden made it 9-2 with an RBI single. Coe departed the game for reliever Drew Gay. He was greeted by an RBI double from Penprase to make it 10-2. Coe went 4.1 innings allowing 10 runs on nine hits while walking five and striking out three. The 10 runs were one shy of tying a single-game franchise record by a pitcher.
With the Saints trailing 10-3 in the seventh Henry Wrigley hit a two-run homer, his 14th of the season, to make it 10-5.
Willie Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fourth and Sam Maus reached base safely for the 28th consecutive game with two walks in the game.
The Saints will now have three days off for the All-Star break which will take place Tuesday evening in Winnipeg. The Saints will be represented by infielder Wrigley, outfielder Evan Bigley, starting pitcher Anthony Claggett and closer Dan Sattler. The Saints return to action on Thurssday evening in game one of a three game series against the Wichita Wingnuts at 7:05 p.m. at Midway Stadium. It is German Night with a post-game fireworks show presented by Mobil Super.