- PAUL, MN(June 13, 2019) –The St. Paul Saints started the night with a man on the mound that hadn’t given up a run in 31.0 consecutive innings. They ended the night scoring against a pitcher that hadn’t allowed a run all season. Blake Schmit came through with a bases loaded RBI single to send the Saints to a 3-2 walk-off victory in 10 innings at CHS Field in front of 7,847. The win improves the Saints to 17-8 and they finished the six game homestand 5-1.
In the 10th, RedHawks reliever Geoff Broussard, who pitched a perfect ninth and hadn’t given up a run in 13.0 innings this season, retired the first two batters he faced. Joey Wong got the rally started with a two-out single off the glove of Broussard into center field. Dan Motl walked and Max Murphy was hit by a pitch. That brought up Schmit who worked the count to 2-2 and then hit a ground ball up the middle that glanced off the glove of a diving Yhoxian Medina at short that scored Wong for the game winner. Schmit went 2-6 with a double, RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored. It was the second walk-off victory of the season for the Saints.
Saints starter Eddie Medina entered the night on a 31.0 inning scoreless streak. He extended that in a shaky first inning when he walked the first two hitters of the game, but retired the next three on fly outs.
In the second, however, the streak ended two batters in as T.J. Bennett led off with a double and Daniel Comstock singled him home giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. It was the first run scored on Medina in 32.0 innings, a franchise record, since he gave up four in the first inning on Opening Night. Joe Becht then sacrificed Comstock to second. Brennan Metzger made it 2-0 with an RBI single to center.
Medina settled down after that allowing just two infield singles the rest of the way, in the fifth and sixth, but got a double play in each of those innings. Medina went 7.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five.
The Saints offense struggled to get the big hit most of then night, leaving 15 men on base, but they managed to get two big hits before the one in the 10th. In the fifth Schmit reached on an error by the first baseman Bennett when he dropped a throw. Schmit stole second, one of five for the Saints on the night, and scored on a single from Burt Reynolds to make it 2-1.
In the seventh, Brady Shoemaker led off with a single to center. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, took third on a ground out and scored on Jeremy Martinez’ RBI single to left. Martinez had a single and two walks and has now reached base safely in 20 consecutive games.
The Saints now head out on the road for a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats at U.S. Steel Yard on Friday at 7:10 p.m. The Saints send RHP Jake Matthys (2-1, 4.91) to the mound against RailCats LHP Trevor Lubking (4-2, 1.95).