Rally Hat, Rally Sunglasses, and Rally Wallet in full effect!
In a series that started June 24th at Midway, the Saints looked to continue their winning way at home against the Lincoln Saltdogs. The home team did not disappoint sweeping the Saltdogs in a three game series.
Game one of the series did not start off the way the Saints would have liked. They were down 5-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth before the offense came alive and brought the Saints back into the game. The Saints scored four runs in the sixth, the big blow of the inning being a two run home run by Willie Cabrera. The next inning the Saints tied up the game on a Jordan Tripp solo home run. Then with the score tied at five the Saltdogs took the lead by one in the top of the ninth setting the stage for another great finish for the Saints at home. With the Saints down to their last out Jordan Tripp singled to keep hope alive and bring Adam Frost to the plate. With the count 2-2 and the Saints down to their last strike Frost hit a screaming liner to left that just cleared the wall for a two run home run and another Saints walk off win! WOW!!! Three walk off wins in under two weeks at home for the Saints, two of which were walk off home runs! See kids, this is why you never leave a baseball game early! The promotion at the ballpark was "Instant Vintage on Hipster night" with quite a few fans donning their "vintage" gear, from fedoras to Bill Cosby style sweaters. My MVP is Adam Frost (1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, Walk Off HR) Honorable mention to Mark Hamburger (8 IP, 5 ER, 11 K's)
The second game of the series was Tuesday, June 25th. The Saints won the game 6-4 on four runs in the first, one in the fifth, and one in the eighth. The Saltdogs scored all four of their runs for the game in the third inning. The promotion for the night was "There is no such thing as a free Craigslist item. Except the 1,000 free Craigslist items to be given away tonight". The first 1,000 fans in the gate received a ticket giving them their choice of one of a thousand free Craigslist items at the ballpark. Items ranged from a gas grill and air hockey table, to books, cd's, and albums. Tuesday night at Midway is also Food Truck Tuesday. We went with fish and chips from the Anchor Fish and Chips truck, which was awesome and highly recommended. My MVP is Ole Sheldon (2-4, R, RBI)
Game three (a day game) gave the Saints the chance for a sweep of the Saltdogs and they did not let it slip away. After a short rain delay in the bottom of the first inning the Saints were trailing 1-0 but the deficit did not last long. The Saints got back to back to back home runs in the third inning from Brad Boyer (3 run shot), Willie Cabrera (solo), and Brandon Tripp (solo). This was the third time ever and the first time the Saints hit back to back to back homers in a game since Strawberry, Neff, and Garner in 1996 (this trio did it twice that year). The big inning and home run barrage gave the Saints a 6-1 lead, but they were not done yet. The Saints scored seven more runs in the fourth inning, including Brandon Tripp's second home run of the game (2 run shot) and led 13-1. Willie Cabrera, not to be outdone by Brandon Tripp, hit his second home run of the game (2 run shot) in the seventh, and the Saints went on to win big by a score of 17-8 to complete the sweep of the Saltdogs. Today was the 238th anniversary of the founding of the USPS, and was "Help us save the USPS with the Power of a Smile" night presented by Delta Dental. The day included free toothbrushes and toothpaste given away by Delta Dental, and a stamp licking contest on the field between innings. My MVP is Willie Cabrera (3-4, 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR) Honorable mention to Brandon Tripp (4-5, 2B, 2R, 3 RBI, 2 HR)
This home series provided us with another new experience at a Saints game. We made the long walk out to the Gulag in right center field. The Gulag is a cigar smoking "lounge" (or small wooden deck that holds about 6 people) just above the right center field fence. Equipped with a couple old airline seats (the kind with ash trays built into the arm rests), and a couple deck chairs this is a cozy area with a great view of the field you do not get anywhere else in the ballpark. While there we met a couple long time season ticket holders, had some good conversations, and of course got some great pictures. This is just another example of an area / experience unique to the Saints and minor league baseball that can not be found anywhere else. Love it!!!
The Saints resume play at Midway Saturday July 6th against Kansas City. The first game of the series will be followed by a post game fireworks spectacular that I'm sure will be second to none as always. Hope to see you all there!