The Saints latest home stand began on Thursday, July 31st with the first of three games against the Wichita Wingnuts. Unfortunately for the home team the quick stop at Midway didn't go as planned as the Wingnuts won the series 2-1. But the fun at the ballpark was plenty with Germans, Superhero's, and a friend checking an item off his Midway bucket list.
Game one between the Wingnuts and Saints took a wrong turn quickly when Wichita put up six runs in the second inning against starter Nick Barnese. The big early lead proved too much for the good guys to come back from, losing the opener 9-3. The promotion for the game was, Das Boot! German Night plus post-game fireworks presented by Mobil Super. The night was filled with German accents, clothes, and songs. And of course the German version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch. My MVP for the game is, Devin Thaut (3-5, R, RBI).
The second game, just like the first, got away from the Saints early when the Wingnuts scored five runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead. St. Paul cut the lead to 8-4 with a three run sixth but that was as close as they would come losing the game 12-5. The promotion for the game was, 42 years ago, Peter Parker transformed into SpiderMan. Come say happy birthday to Spidey on Superhero Night! The evening started with the sixties Batmobile and Batman parked outside the front gate of Midway, and then driving Spiderman onto the field prior to the start of the game. There was also the return of the Superhero vs Villains tug of war in between innings. The Superhero's won the contest thanks to the strength of a very young Robin taking the entire Villains team down by herself. My MVP for the game is, Willie Cabrera (2-3, R, RBI, 2BB).
Saturday night's series finale saw the Wingnuts jump out to another early lead. But the Saints would respond with three in the forth and four in the fifth innings to take the 7-4 lead. After Wichita tied the game at seven in the seventh it was time for some more Midway magic. Jake Taylor hit a go ahead two run home run in the eighth, and Dan Sattler came in for the save. Final score, 9-7 Saints win. The promotion for the game was, The Saints induct Twins Vice President of Player Personnel Mike Radcliff into the Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame presented by Killebrew Root Beer. Mike has been with the Twins since 1987 and is now the Vice President of Player Personnel. It is a very well deserved honor for a great baseball scout. Congrats Mike! Our day started off taking in Saints batting practice on the field with Bill and Kevin. We then proceeded to the 10th Inning Stretch for tailgating and a visit from Manager George Tsamis and hitting/third base coach Ole Sheldon for baseball, and teaching conversations. After tailgating Bill was able to check off an item from his Midway Bucket List, walking the lineup card to home plate with George. A very fun day at the ballpark. My MVP for the game is, Jake Taylor (2-4, R, 3RBI, HR).
The Saints return home on Thursday, August 7th to begin a four game series with the Sioux City Explorers. There are only ten regular season games remaining on the Midway schedule. Get your tickets now and don't miss out on any of the remaining fun!