Starting on July 8th the Saints began a three game series against the Amarillo Sox at Midway Stadium, and the team once again came alive at home. The Saints swept the Sox with the help of some late inning heroics, and solid pitching from their starters and relievers. On the entertainment side of the games the Nerd had his special night, and St. Patrick's Day seemed to be running a little late this year.
Game one was played Tuesday night and saw the Saints come back from two down in the fifth inning with single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth to win the game 3-2. The offensive hero was Joe Bonfe who put the Saints up for good with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The pitching was led by starter Anthony Claggett (6IP, 2ER), and then followed by great relief appearances by Mikey Mehlich (2IP, 0ER, W), and Dan Sattler (1IP, 0ER, SV). The promotion for the game was, Spilling the Beans about Biodiesel with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. It was a great game watch so besides a quick trip to the Gulag for different view, we mainly stayed in our seats and enjoyed some baseball tonight. My MVP for the game is, Joe Bonfe (2-4, 1R, 1RBI, 2B, HR).
The middle game of the series provided us with something every die hard fan loves, free baseball. With the Saints trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth Kieth Brachold hit a solo home run to send the game to extra innings. Then in the bottom of the twelfth pinch hitter Dwight Childs drove home the winning run with a bases loaded single, giving the Saints a 4-3 victory. The promotion for the game was, Strap on your suspenders, prepare your pocket protector, and tape up your glasses; Nerd Night Returns! I must say this is one of the nights I could not wait for when I saw it on the schedule, and it did not disappoint. Along with Saints employees and Interns, quite a few fans also dressed as Nerds for the night, which made for a very interesting looking baseball crowd. The night also introduced Nerd, and the Midway fans to Nerdette (Nerd's real life fiance Erinn), who played hard to get all night before finally giving Nerd a kiss late in the game. They are great together, very fun! Also, as you can imagine most of the contests for the night had Nerd involved. From Nerd musical chairs to Nerdrobics, and even a Nerd vs Mudonna dance off. It was a fun Nerd filled night. My MVP for the game is, Nick Barnese (7.1IP, 3ER, 4K).
The finale between the Saints and Sox was a close game until the St. Paul boys of summer broke it open with a four run seventh inning. The Saints would go on to win the game 9-3, and to complete the sweep of the Sox. Keith Brachold had four RBI, and Drew Gay kept the Saints string of good starting pitching going allowing only one earned run through six innings. The promotion for the game was, Mano-a-mano with Bono, it's St. Patrick's Day in July! For the game the Saints players and coaches wore green jerseys that had either Mc or O' in front of their last names. These jerseys were auctioned like all of the rest in a silent auction during the game. This time we decided to let someone else get one for a change and did not bid tonight. A fun highlight was Gert the Flirt and Brian Kelly dressed in full green St. Patrick's Day outfits. They both always go all out with their costumes, great job guys! My MVP for the game is, Keith Brachold (2-3, 2R, 4RBI, BB, 2B), with honorable mention to Jake Taylor (4-5, 3R, RBI, 2B).
And so ends another series at Midway. But don't be sad, the Saints opened their next home stand the following day against the Kansas City T-Bones. Stay tuned for my next blog coming soon to hear about all the fun!