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Saints Sweep T-Bones With Munoz Homer

08/25/2005 12:20 AM - St. Paul Saint Billy Munoz socked a three-run homer to right-center field against Kansas City T-Bone reliever Mike Cosgrove to give the Saints a 4-3 win over the Kansas City T-Bones in the nightcap of the Wednesday doubleheader between the two teams. The T-Bones had fallen, 2-1, in the opener.

The T-Bones wasted two solid outings from their starters. Joe Goodmann (L, 5-1) struck out nine in six innings in the first game, allowing just single runs in the second and fourth innings. The second St. Paul run caused consternation in the hearts of T-Bone fans, as center fielder Greg Jacobs had run full speed into the left-center field fence trying to chase a fly off the bat of T Brown. Jacobs came up empty as he crashed into the wall, and Brown wound up with a triple; he scored on a Nick Gretz single to right.

Jacobs had driven Saint starter Mike Meyer from the game in the top of the fourth, lining a shot off his pitching hand. Meyer was replaced by Matt Pike, who allowed a run-scoring double to Sean Flynn for the lone T-Bone run. Pike (W, 2-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, and Matt Hammons (S, 19) worked a scoreless seventh inning for the save.

In the second game, St. Paul sent rookie Charlie Ruud (W, 1-0) to the bump for his first start as a pro. Ruud allowed two runs to the T-Bones in the second inning, with newcomer Mike Neal scoring on Eric Vega's double down the left field line. Vega scored on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Josh Renick to give the T-Bones a 2-0 lead.

St. Paul scored an unearned run in the second, and the T-Bones scored once more in the fifth on an RBI single by Jacobs. The game would remain 3-1 until Munoz' homer against Cosgrove (L, 0-2) on a full-count pitch in the bottom of the seventh. The homer wasted a four-hit, six-and-a-third inning outing by T-Bone starter Jon McDonald.