Jose Miranda, Mark Contrera’s home runs put Saints past Bats 7-4 – Twin Cities

LOUISVILLE — Jose Miranda led the game with a home run, and the St. Paul Saints held that lead from start to finish in a 7-4 triple-A baseball win over the Louisville Bats in Game 2 of their season-opening six. Game series on Wednesday night at Louisville Slugger Field.

Miranda and Royce Lewis had two hits each to lead the Saints’ 8-hit offense and Mark Contreras added a home run in the seventh inning. Jake Cave doubled and Curtis Terry and Elliot Soto added singles for St. Paul (2-0).

For the second straight night, Louisville (0-2) beat the Saints to finish with nine, but the Bats had three errors.

The Saints hit three runs in the first inning, two in the fourth and two in the seventh.

JC Ramirez picked up the pitching win for the Saints, allowing three hits and no runs in 2.1 innings to the relief of starter Daniel Gossett, who pitched the first 3.2 innings and allowed four hits and three runs. Juan Minaya finished for St. Paul, allowing no hits and no runs through the final 2.1 innings to make the save. Jose Miranda, Mark Contrera’s home runs put Saints past Bats 7-4 – Twin Cities

Jessica MacLeish

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