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Unusual grand slam leads St. Paul past Explorers

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Michael Lang scores a run during the X's 10-3 loss to St. Paul on Wednesday. Michael Lang scores a run during the X's 10-3 loss to St. Paul on Wednesday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The St. Paul Saints earned their 1,000th win in club history Tuesday afternoon in memorable fashion, as Evan Bigley hit a go-ahead inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and his Saints down 3-2, Bigley laced a ball to right field that glanced off of the glove of Explorers right fielder Tom Mendonca and rolled into foul territory, allowing Bigley to score.

The hit was part of a 3-for-4 afternoon for Bigley, who joined Joe Bonfe (3-for-5) and 1B Angelo Songco (3-for-4) with three-hit days for the Saints. Bigley had an additional RBI to give him five for the day. Henry Wrigley had three RBI on a single and a sacrifice fly.

On the hill, defending American Association Pitcher of the Week Anthony Claggett allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits over seven innings, striking out a batter and walking none for the Saints.

St. Paul, which won its first game as a team on June 15, 1993, becomes the fifth independent professional baseball team to win 1,000 games. The Saints join American Association league mates Winnipeg Goldeyes and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, along with Atlantic League clubs Bridgeport Bluefish and Somerset Patriots.

The final game of the three game set will be Wednesday at 7:05.
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