Saint Paul, Minnesota - David Festa made his Triple-A debut on Wednesday night. If a prediction were to be made one could say Bryon Buxton and Alex Kirilloff, who were both on MLB Rehab Assignments would have been the stars of the show. However, it was five strong innings from Festa that led the Saints past the Columbus Clippers 6-1 in front of 5,814. The Saints improved to 74-53 on the season.
Kyle Garlick and Anthony Prato singled in the second. With two outs, Jair Camargo hit an RBI single to left, which allowed Garlick to score. The Saints had a 1-0 lead. A passed ball by Columbus catcher David Fry allowed Prato and Camargo to advance. With runners on second and third, Andrew Stevenson singled. Prato and Camargo came into score, which gave the Saints a 3-0 lead.
The lone run of the game for Columbus came in the third. David Fry hit a solo home run. Columbus trailed 3-1.
The Saints added on in the fourth. Kyle Garlick walked to start the inning. Later in the inning, Camargo singled, which brought home Garlick. St. Paul led 4-1. Stevenson singled and Buxton walked. With the bases loaded and two outs Alex Kirilloff stepped to the plate. Kirilloff singled to right. Camargo scored and Stevenson attempted to score but was out at the plate. St. Paul led 5-1 at the end of four.
In the sixth, Anthony Prato hit an RBI single, which gave the Saints a 6-1 lead.
David Festa picked up his first Triple-A win on Wednesday. Festa worked five innings and allowed four hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked one. His lone mistake was the solo home run to Fry in the third. Ronny Henriquez threw the next three innings without allowing a hit. Henriquez picked up his third 'hold' of the season. Finally, Brent Headrick worked the ninth to finish the game for the Saints.
Buxton played seven innings in center field. This was the first time Buxton was in center field in over a year. He went 1-for-2 with two walks at the plate.
Alex Kirilloff was the DH for the entire game. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
The Columbus Clippers and St. Paul Saints meet in game three of a six-game series on Thursday night at CHS Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Columbus will send RHP Zach Plesac (5-4, 5.97) to the mound while the Saints are TBA. The game can be seen on the Saints Broadcast Network, MiLB.TV, and heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.