The Saints next home series came against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks starting Monday June 10th. The Saints would take 2 of the 3 games in this divisional match up. The series would feature a walk off win and dominating pitching performances from the Saints and Redhawks.
Monday's series opener would prove to be an old fashioned pitchers dual, with the Redhawks edging the Saints 1-0. Both team's starting pitchers threw 7 innings giving up 17 total hits between the two but only allowing one to be run scored. Unfortunately the one run scored was against Saints pitcher Anthony Claggett on a double followed by an RBI single, both with two outs in third the inning. Although this was a low scoring game it had excitement in almost every inning because of runners being on base and the thought that one swing could tie the game or put the Saints in the lead. The night was highlighted by Saints Executive Vice President, Tom Whaley's 50th birthday celebration, and back to the 60's night. Tom's night was made even more special by playing "What's in the Bag" and having his mom and brother (who he did not know were in town) behind the bag to surprise him. Happy Birthday Tom!
The second game of the series would provide one of the most exciting plays in baseball, a walk off home run. With the Redhawks leading 2-0 in the fourth inning the Saints scored six runs to take the lead 6-2. But the the lead would be short lived as the Redhawks scored in both the fifth (3 runs) and sixth (2 runs) to take back the lead 7-6. The Saints then scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. The game then went to the pitchers who held each team scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. With one out in the inning Brad Boyer stepped up to the plate leading the league in batting average for the year. He did not disappoint once again sending the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for the game ending walk off home run. This was the first walk off home run I have ever seen in person and in my opinion is the most exciting play in all of baseball. From cheering louder to get it over the fence, watching all of the Saints flood out to home plate to celebrate, to Brad crossing home plate and getting mobbed by all his teammates this was a moment for the memories. Great finish to be part of, thanks Brad! My MVP (kinda obvious) Brad Boyer (2-5, 3 RBI, 2B, Walk off HR)
The rubber match of the series was dominated by Saints pitcher Cole Nelson. Cole breezed through the Redhawks line up giving up only four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a complete game 6-0 shutout victory. The win put the Saints in fist place all alone in the North Division. My MVP for the game is Cole Nelson (CG, 0 ER, 4 H, 8 K's)
The series with the Redhawks provided us the opportunity to meet a few people we had wanted to for awhile. Midway Tailgater (please check out his blog on the Saints - address is in my link section)before Tuesday's game with Fargo-Moorhead's GM Josh Buchholz. (What other sport can you run into and meet a GM in the tailgating lot? I love minor league baseball!) Tom Whaley (Executive VP) and Andrew Crowley (music director, and organ player) late in Wednesday's game by the press box.And, the band Mytholgical Horses who were in town having Crowley mix their debut major label album.
Overall another great home stand by the Saints and their staff, and just a fun time had with all of our friends, and new friends at the park.