ST. PAUL, MN (August 11, 2012) - Jose
Hernandez was in familiar territory in the bottom of the
10thwith the bases loaded and
nobody out. Twice this season he's come through with
a walk off base hit and on Saturday night he did it again
as the St. Paul Saints defeated the Amarillo Sox 4-3 at
Midway Stadium in front of 5,839.
With the game tied at three in the bottom of the
10thWillie Cabrera led off with a
single. Adam Frost replaced him as a pinch runner and
Ole Sheldon singled him to second. Ronnie Bourquin
was asked to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but he worked a
walk to load the bases. Pitcher Jack Spradlin was
then tossed as was Sox manager John Harris. Wes
Littleton came out of the bullpen to face Hernandez and on
a two strike pitch Hernandez dumped one over the drawn in
infield to score Frost for the game winner.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second
when Bourquin walked and scored Hernandez knocked him home
with a double. Hernandez finished the night 2-5 with
a double and two RBI.
The Sox took a 2-1 lead in the third when Harrison
Kain singled, stole second and Jake Luce walked.
Saints pitcher Kyle Hurst balked moving the runners up and
Garrett Rau's sacrifice fly tied it at one. Adam
Buschini singled home Luce to give the Sox the lead.
In the fifth Jake Krause led off with a single, moved
to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a passed
ball and scored on Joe Spiers' two out single tying the
game at two.
The Sox regained the lead in the sixth when Buschini
led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a
wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Patrick Arlis
to make it 3-2 Sox.
In the bottom of the seventh the Saints tied it at
three when Miles Durham singled to left, stole second,
moved to third on Krause's sacrifice bunt and scored on a
single by Alex Garabedian.
Both teams had chances in the ninth to win the
game. The Sox loaded the bases with one out, but
Saints pitcher Dustin Klabunde got a pop out and a
fielder's choice ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth the Saints also loaded the
bases with one out, but a shallow fly out by Jim Rapoport
and a fly out by Spiers left the bases full.
Saturday's game was the
10thextra inning game for the
Saints, all of them at home, and they are now 6-4 in extra
The same two teams meet in the finale of the three
game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The
Saints send RHP Luke Anderson (4-1, 2.86) to the mound
against Sox LHP Cliff Springston (0-3, 8.38). It is
Half Pint Heroes Day with a pre-game blood drive presented
by Memorial Blood Centers. Also the first 1,500 fans
receive the 2012 St. Paul Saints Baseball Card Set
presented by Spare Key and Impressions Printing. The
game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on