A Monster Roaming the Ball Park on Face Your Fears Night
The second half of the Saints six game home stand didn't go nearly as well as the first for the home team. The Saints lost two of three to the Sioux Falls Canaries, losing their first home series of the year.. But, the Monday to Wednesday schedule still had it's fun (how could it not, their Saints games) ranging from Jason (from Friday the Thirteenth), to Jeopardy.
The series opener was a well pitched, and played game by both sides. The Saints would come away with the 6-2 victory, thanks to a great game again by pitcher Anthony Claggett, and some late inning clutch hitting, lead by Devin Thaut's two RBI single in the eighth. The promotion for the game was, Freddie Krueger's got nothing on us. Spiders, snakes, ex-spouses! All pop up tonight as you Face Your Fears. Horror movie characters, and monsters we're inside and outside the stadium giving fans a fright. There was one non scary moment during the game. In between innings a military member was being welcomed home on the field when a message popped up on the scoreboard from her sweetheart, and fellow military member, asking her to marry him. She said yes. It was a very touching moment as she had no idea it was coming. This night marked the first of three in a row for us without any of our normal tailgating groups. So we decided "cargating" was our pregame destination for the week. We arrived at the ballpark about a half hour early each game opened a beer and sat in our Beetle Bug with the top down listening to all the action going on pregame. My MVP for the game is, Anthony Claggett (8IP, 5H, 2ER, 3K).
Game two between the Canaries and Saints was played Tuesday, June 10th. The Saints lost the game 10-5, the bullpen surrendering nine runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings combined. The promotion for the game was, Larry Doby Night presented by Central Bank. The Saints, as they do every year, held this night to celebrate Larry Doby, the first African American player in the American League. Both teams also wore Negro League uniforms as a tribute for the game. Along with "cargating" we decided to take this week to sit in different area's of the stadium (some we've been to before, some not). We made it out to the Gulag again, and then decided to sit in the left field GA seats and get some pictures. I love that there is not a bad seat at Midway, which also makes me even more excited for the new ballpark next year. The Saints know the charm of a intimate ballpark, and I'm sure their new home will provide the same feel, only updated. My MVP for the game is, Cole Nelson (6IP, 4H, 2ER, 3K).
The last game of the series was a nail biter to the end. Unfortunately the Saints fell for the second straight game to the Canaries, this time by a score of 7-6. The Canaries tied the game at five with a run in the top of the eighth. The Saints then took a six to five lead with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. But, like the last game, the bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead, allowing two runs to score in the ninth. The promotion for the game was, Come on down, but you better hope for no "whammies" on the Return of 1999's Game Show Night. The night featured numerous game show themed in between inning contests. Including "Who Wants to win a Saints hat?", and for the first time this year, the return of "What's in the Bag?". My MVP for the game is, Evan Bigley (2-4, 2R, RBI, HR).
The Saints next home stand begins Monday June, 16th with a four game series against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Followed immediate by a three game set against the Rockland Boulders. Seven straight games at Midway this week, you have no excuse for not making it to at least three of them. Remember to stop by and say hi!