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Cole Sands gives Saints 6-2 win over Omaha, credits recent big league experience

Cole Sands Gives Saints 6-2 Win Over Omaha, Credits Recent Big League Experience

Sometimes numbers lie.

Saints starting pitcher Cole Sands scored his first win of the season in a 6-2 four loss over Omaha at CHS Field on Wednesday afternoon, suggesting the season has been less than productive for the 24-year-old prospect.

The Sands know better, and so do the twins.

Sands has been called to the big leagues five times this season and has made five appearances, including four starts. While they have a 0-3 big-league record to show for it, the gains have been immeasurable.

“There are a lot of people out there who have helped me with my pitches,” he said of the Twins’ players and coaches. “Ever since I came back, I now look at the game a little differently. It’s not so much that you just go out there and throw your stuff. The special thing is that there is an art behind it.

“You have to set up the inner side of the plate with a fastball and that will open up the rest of the plate. I’m used to it, and it’s helped me a lot.”

Sands was first called to the Twins on April 30 and made his major league debut on May 1 in Tampa against the Rays. After conceding two runs in two innings, he was picked back for the Saints the next day.

Four days later, he was back with the twins, only to be sent back to the Saints the next day without pitching. He was back in the twins on May 12 and heaved a sigh of relief against Houston before moving on to the injured list with a left groin strain.

Sands returned to action on May 24, and was called a week later by the Twins to pitch against the Tigers in Detroit. He came back the next day with the saints.

His next call-up came on June 7, when he made his debut against the New York Yankees. He stuck around this time and began again on June 12 against the Rays. H was sent back to the saints the next day.

“Gaining the experience has been huge,” Sands said. “When you’re facing the Yankees, it’s like how much better lineup you’re going to face? So I learned my stuff plays against some of the best players in the world.

“It’s like building confidence out of that. So if I can get people out there, I think I can do a great job here.”

Sands conceded four runs in 3.2 innings against the Yankees, including home runs by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

“It was a wonderful experience,” he said. “When they called my name for that I was like, ‘Absolutely not.’ But I loved every second of it. We didn’t win, but it felt like I kept us in the game. ,

Sands bowled five innings on Wednesday to equalize his longest innings of the season. He allowed one run for four hits, striking in seven.

“It was a fight,” Sands said. “Usually I like to set up fastballs early, but it really didn’t for the most part. I settled in and the slider kept me there. I threw enough fastballs to keep them upright.”

Learning to win without your best stuff is another example of a big league pitcher’s education.


Saints outfielder Jake Cave extended his on-base streak to 43 games with a single in the first innings. He added an RBI single in the third.

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