T-Bones Hang on for 5-2 Victory, Calfapietra Wins No. 1000
ST> PAUL, MN (July 29, 2019) – St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis and Kansas City T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra are good friends. Tsamis won his 1,000th game as a manager last season and with one victory Calfapietra would join him. He would have rather had his good friend win his 1,000th on another day, but the Saints lost 5-2 on Monday night, in the resumption from the Sunday suspended game, in front of 8,044 at CHS Field which gave Calfapietra his 1,000th career managerial victory.
The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Sunday evening before the rain came as Josh Allen clubbed a first inning two-run homer to left, his 15th of the season. It would be the lone runs the Saints would score.
After the game was halted in the bottom of the second inning on Sunday night, the game resumed on Monday with Ryan Zimmerman taking the hill for the Saints. Zimmerman wasn’t his usual sharp self, giving up a leadoff homer in the third to Dylan Tice, his first of the game and third of the season, making it 2-1.
It remained that way until the sixth when Tice came calling again. With two outs Ramsey Romano doubled to left and Tice followed with a two-run homer to right, his second of the night and fourth of the season, giving the T-Bones a 3-2 lead. Zimmerman lasted just 5.0 innings, throwing 116 pitches, allowing three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out seven.
The Saints got their first look at their new lefty, Chris Lee. He allowed a one out single in the eighth inning, but struck out two in the inning and retired the side without damage.
In the ninth, however, Daniel Nava greeted Lee with a solo homer to right, his fourth of the season, making it 4-2. Casey Gillaspie followed with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs Shawn O’Malley doubled him home giving the T-Bones a three run lead. Lee did strike out five in his 2.0 innings of work.
The Saints had a chance in the bottom of the ninth against T-Bones closer Carlos Diaz. Jeremy Martinez led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. With one out Chesny Young walked and Jhonatan Soloano’s single to left-center loaded the bases. Diaz would strike out John Silviano and Dan Motl to end the game.
by Sean Aronson
Featured Image by Capture Twin Cities