05/29/2005 10:32 PM - Living up to his word, St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis brought the host of ESPNs "Cold Pizza" into Sunday nights game. Unfortunately for the Saints, it was in the seventh inning of a 3-2 game. Jay Crawford allowed two runs to the T-Bones, who didnt look back in a 6-4 win which gave them wins in two of three games in the series.
The Saints made it a game late, loading the bases in the ninth against reliever Derek Forbes, who allowed a two-run single to Chad Ehrnsberger. But reliever Joe Goodmann came on to induce Nick Gretz into a popup to right, ending the game and giving Goodmann (S, 1) his first save as a T-Bone.
Crawford came into a 3-2 game and allowed a run-scoring double down the third base line to Mike Brown. As well, an error by catcher Tim Marks on a tapper off the bat of Brandon Jones allowed the second run to score, making the game 5-2.
Kansas City first got on the board in the fourth when Eddie Pearson smacked his sixth homer of the season against Saints starter David Shepard (L, 0-1). The T-Bones would score in the fifth to take a 2-0 lead, a Rick Prieto double plating Matt Ceriani, who had singled.
But St. Paul fought back all night, scoring in the fifth on a Kris Cox double to make it 2-1 and again in the sixth with Ehrnsberger's solo homer against T-Bones starter Caleb Balbuena (W, 1-1) making it 3-2.
Balbuena had recovered from a first inning in which Gretz smashed a two-out single off his leg. Gretz' single, had it reached the outfield, would have allowed a run to score. The skate save by Balbuena prevented the Saints from taking the early lead.