St. Paul, MN — Mark Hamburger rebounded from a tough outing in his last start and Matt Myer looked like the pitcher from his first time around with the St. Paul Saints as they both helped in a 3-2 Saints victory over the El Paso Diablos on Sunday evening at Midway Stadium in front of 5,493.
It didn’t look like a pitcher’s duel would ensue as the Saints continued to pour on runs in the first inning. Dan Kaczrowski led off with a single and Joey Becker followed with a two-run tape measure shot to left, his second of the season one shy of tying his career high for a season, giving the Saints a 2-0 lead. The Saints have now outscored their opponents 16-1 in the first inning this season.
Hamburger struggled in the first couple of innings, but managed to get out of a couple of jams. In the third, however, Jonathan Cisneros and Brian Joynt had back-to-back doubles, the latter scoring a run, to make it 2-1 Saints.
Hamburger settled down and was magnificent as he retired 11 in a row from the third until the end of the sixth.
Diablos starter David Casillas was equally as effective not allowing a hit from Becker’s homer until a two out single by Craig Brazell in the sixth. Casillas went 7.0 innings allowing four runs on four hits while striking out seven.
In the seventh the Diablos threatened against Hamburger with Edgar Corcino reaching on a lead-off single and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Chacoa. Oscar Mesa singled to center moving Corcino to third. Hamburger, however, got a big 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.
In the eighth, however, Hamburger wasn’t as fortunate. Mitch Einertson led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out by Cisneros and scored on a single from Joynt to tie the game at two. Meyer replaced Hamburger and immediately gave up a single to pinch hitter JJ Muse that put runners at the corners with one out. Meyer got a big double play off the bat of Moises Montero to end the threat and keep the game tied. Hamburger went 7.1 innings allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five.
The Saints took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Becker reached on a throwing error by shortstop Roberto Ramirez. With one out Brazell singled Becker to third and Willie Cabrera’s sacrifice fly drove him home to give the Saints a one run lead.
Meyer shut it down in the ninth striking out the first two hitters and getting Mesa to line out to end the game.