08/19/2017 9:24 PM
SAINT PAUL, Minnesota -- Pichi Balet hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Cleburne Railroaders held on to clinch the series with a 5-1 win over the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field on Saturday night.
Balet’s single came after Geraldo Valentin’s sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh inning, and the Railroaders won for the 10th time over their last 13 games.
The first three runs of the game all came in the first inning, when Cleburne took a 2-0 lead with two run-scoring wild pitches and the Saints answered on a Brady Shoemaker sacrifice fly.
Cleburne starter Laetten Galbraith gave up just one run over six-plus innings, while Carlos Misell and Casey Upperman combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Balet finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, and both Maikol Gonzalez and Mitch Glasser scored two runs. Alex Polston reached twice and scored in the eighth.
St. Paul starter Benji Waite gave up two runs over three innings, and Brandon Peterson gave up three in his only inning of work.
Cleburne has now won four consecutive series for the first time this year, and the Railroaders can sweep a series for the first time since June 5-7 in the finale on Sunday.
First pitch time Sunday evening is 5:05 p.m. and can be heard live on the Railroader Radio Network with pregame starting 20 minutes prior.
Cleburne returns home for the final three-game series at The Depot on Friday, Aug. 25. Good seats are still available and can be purchased at www.railroaderbaseball.com or by visiting the box office located near the main gate at the stadium.