The final four games of the Saints home stand were played against the Sioux Falls Canaries. The boys of summer continued their great playing, and playoff push with another series sweep in St. Paul. This was the first time in franchise history the Saints swept a seven game home stand at Midway stadium. We had an extra exciting series as we were able to place another check on our Midway bucket list, and I had a day game date with my Mom.
As the weather gets hotter so do the Saints, winning the series opener 10-4 over the Canaries. Henry Wrigley paced the offense with three hits and three RBI, and pitcher Drew Gay tossed three scoreless innings in relief to close the game. The promotion for the game was, Want season tickets for life? Show your commitment by getting a perm. Consolation prize is a ticket on the berm for the 2015 opener! It's Perms on the Berm. For those of you who don't know, a berm is general admission seating in the grass beyond the outfield wall (like you see at the Little League World Series every year). Also on the promotion schedule for today was, Do the Dollar Dance! TopLine Federal Credit Union gives the first 1,935 fans $1 and you choose how to donate it! The Vikings aren't the only team in town doing two a days in July, the Saints once again pulled double promotion duty to make up for a previously rained out day. For this fans received a dollar when entering Midway to donate to one the many deserving charities with a booth set up inside the gate. Also going on during the game was a silent auction for over seventy five different art baseballs supporting the local artists who created the pieces. My MVP for the game is, Henry Wrigley (3-4, 3R, 3RBI, HR).
Game number two of the series was an amazing night all around for us. We started the night by checking off another item from our Midway bucket list. We were asked by Saints Entertainment Director Brian Kelly if we would be willing to drive Seigo Masubuchi onto the field in our VW Bug convertible during his introduction prior to the game starting (it was SeigoPalooza). We of course said yes, having wanted to drive on the field in the Bug since last year, and it was awesome! That's really the only way I can describe it, awesome! After finding a parking spot and settling in we were treated to a exciting game, and free baseball once again at Midway. The Saints won the game 5-4 scoring their last run on a deep fly ball by Dwight Childs that the left field miss played for an error, allowing Henry Wrigley to score from second for the winning run in the bottom of the thirteenth inning. The promotion for the game was, He's not just a one trick Ride the Pony: SeigoPalooza. The night was all things Seigo as he sang karaoke with fans, rode the pony while sweeping the plate, and (my favorite contest) raced against Coach in the Rasmussen punch the clock race in the inflatable suits (Seigo won). The second promotion scheduled for the night was, 3 years later, we're still rolling! The Toilet Paper Drive presented by Innovative Office Solutions. This once again was making up for a previous weather delay (wow, we got a lot of rain in June). My MVP for the game is, Devin Thaut (4-5, 3RBI, 2BB, 2B), with honorable mention to the Saints bullpen (8IP, 0ER, 7K).
Wednesday's game was a midweek Midway matinee starting at 1:05pm. The Saints jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third by (doing what they've been good at all year) stringing a few hits together in a row. But Canaries answered back tying the game at three in the sixth. Then, once again, it was time for another clutch Midway hit. This time it was Angelo Songco who came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dan Sattler closed out the ninth for another save and a 4-3 Saints victory. The promotion for the game was, Got a co-worker who brags about their athletic endeavors? Make them go for the gold during Office Olympics. Because of her 8-5 Steph was not able to make it to the game today so I had a nice Mom and Son day at the ballpark. A fun part of the day for me was seeing her be able to meet everyone I tell her about, and she reads about in the blog including our friends we tailgate with, Pat and Michelle. My MVP for the game is, Anthony Claggett (6IP, 0ER, 6K).
The last game of the series saw the Saints jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never look back. Starter Ben Hughes and relievers Drew Gay and Dan Sattler combined to allow two unearned runs while striking out five in the game, and Willie Cabrera added an insurance run in the fourth with a double scoring Sam Maus from first. Final score 4-2 Saints win and complete the sweep of the Canaries and the seven game home stand. The promotion for the night was, We knew him before he was famous. Welcome back former Saints emcee Rusty Kath presented by the University of Minnesota- Morris. Rusty, now the in game host for the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Wild , and the WCHA Final Five, was back where it all started for him, talking to fans, and announcing contests between innings. My MVP for the game is, Evan Bigley (2-4, 2RBI).
Another home stand in the books with lots of W's for the local nine, just the way we like it. After the American Association All Star game Tuesday (the Saints are sending LF Evan Bigley, DH Henry Wrigley, P Anthony Claggett, and pitcher Dan Sattler. Congrats!) and a day off the team resumes play at Midway Thursday, July 24th with three games against the league leading Wichita Wingnuts.
Being the Saints baseball nut that I am I decided that six days was too long to wait for the team to get back to Midway. So, Bill Tyler (friend and fellow 10th Inning Stretch tailgater) and I decided we would follow the team to Fargo for their three game series beginning Friday, July 18th. Stay tuned for my first ever Saints roadtrip blog coming soon. The playoff race is heating up and you only have thirteen (regular season) games left to catch the LastTrain at Midway. Get your tickets, cheer on the Saints, and stop by and say hi!