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Game Turns Ugly as Benches Clear in Saints 5-2 Loss

June 14, 2008 - American Association (AA)
St. Paul Saints News Release


ST. PAUL, MN - If the St. Paul Saints and Wichita Wingnuts didn't like each other before Saturday night, the bench clearing incident in the ninth solidified their disdain for each other as the Saints lost 5-2 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

With the Saints trailing 5-2 in the ninth and two outs Byron Embry's first pitch to Kevin Sullivan was thrown behind him. Sullivan walked out towards the mound yelling at Embry. The benches cleared and Embry and Sullivan continued hollering at each other. A scrum broke out behind home plate between many players and when the dust settled there were multiple ejections on both sides.

The bench clearing melee overshadowed the game in which the Saints took the lead in the second inning on a solo homer from Brent Krause, his fourth of the season.

The Wingnuts, however, put up three in the third. With runners at first and second and one out David Gates doubled home Chris Colton to tie the game at one. Heath Keel followed with an RBI groundout to give the Wingnuts a 2-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Brenan Herrera, Stephen Pearson drove in a run with a single.

The Saints cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth when Marcel Longmire hit a solo homer to left, his sixth of the season.

The Wingnuts answered back in the bottom of the inning when Bernie Dennis led off with a single to center. Blake Gailen dropped down a bunt for a base hit to put runners at first and second and Kevin Hooper followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2.

Saints starter Luis Villarreal went 6.0 innings allowing four runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out four. Two streaks came to an end for Saints players on Saturday night as Ben Thomas had his hitting streak end at nine and Tim Brown failed to reach base safely for the first time in 22 games.

Wingnuts starter Brad Davis was solid going 8.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.

The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday evening at 4:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Charlie Ruud (5-1, 2.95) to the mound against Wingnuts RHP Ronnie Ball (2-0, 3.04). The game can be heard on Relevant Radio 1330.


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