Anthony Gallas Butchers T-Bones as Saints Win 10-3
Last season, Anthony Gallas was starring for the Kansas City T-Bones, blasting 16-homers in 91-games. Saturday night he was butchering his former team, driving in five to lead the St. Paul Saints to a 10-3 victory. Nate Hanson and Danny Oh homered to aid in the win and Jason Creasy won his first game of the season.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Saints took the lead in the bottom of the second against Chris Perry. Tony Thomas led off the inning by lining a ball to the wall that he legged out for a triple. Gallas followed by grounding out to short to score Thomas and it was 1-0.
In the third, the Saints jumped out to a commanding lead. Danny Oh led off the inning by hitting his second home run in as many games. Breland Almadova followed with a single before Nate Hanson singled to put two on with no one out. Two batters later Thomas walked and the bases were loaded for Gallas. He drilled a Perry offering into the gap in right-center, clearing the bases and racing for third with a triple. Tony Caldwell singled to score Gallas and he scored on a double by Jon Kristoffersen. That made it 7-0.
An inning later St. Paul extended their lead. Brady Shoemaker doubled with one out and moved to third on a Thomas hit. A ground out by Gallas scored Shoemaker and it was 8-0.
While the Saints were scoring seemingly at will, Creasy was shutting down the T-Bones hitters. He allowed lone hits in each of the first two innings, then retired 11 or the next 12 hitters, giving up a walk in the fourth. He was breezing through the game but, in the sixth, Kansas City finally got on the board.
Omar Garcia walked to start the inning, bringing Marcus Lemon to the plate. He fouled off the first pitch before drilling a two-run homer, his second of the season. Kevin Keyes followed with a single and that would be it for Creasy.
Jason Creasy (1-1) went 5-innings, allowed 5-hits, 2-walks and 2-earned runs. He struck out 4. Caleb Thielbar came on, making his first appearance of the season and pitched two-perfect innings. Vinny Nittoli pitched a perfect eighth.
The Saints added two more runs in the eighth. Almadova doubled with one out and scored when Nate Hanson drilled his second home run of the season over the left field wall to make it 10-2.
The T-Bones got an unearned run in the ninth. Keyes reached on an error and scored when Joe Jackson singled. That made it 10-3, which was the final.
Anthony Gallas finished 1-4 with a run, a triple, and 5-RBI. Nate Hanson was 2-4 with 2-runs, a homer, and 2-RBI. Jon Kristoffersen was 3-4 with an RBI. The Kansas City T-Bones were led by Kevin Keyes who was 2-4 with a run scored and Marcus Lemon, who was 1-4 with a run, homer and 2-RBI.
The final game of this three-game set is tomorrow. First pitch is 5:05.
By Robert Pannier