ALLEN’S TWO HOMERS NOT ENOUGH IN 7-6 LOSS TO GOLDEYES
WINNIPEG, MB (July 8, 2019) – The St. Paul Saints had the man they wanted at the plate with the tying run aboard. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way they hoped as they played their 22nd one run game, five more than the next closest team, losing 7-6 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Monday night at Shaw Park. The Saints are now 13-9 in one run games and fell to 31-18 on the season.
With the Saints trailing 7-3 in the eighth Murphy led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. With one out Brady Shoemaker walked. The Goldeyes went to their bullpen for left-hander Spencer Herrmann who got Jeremy Martinez to fly out for the second out. That brought up Josh Allen who unloaded for a three-run homer, his second of the night and 12th of the season, to cut the deficit to one.
In the ninth the Saints faced the leagues leading closer in Victor Capellan, who also set the American Association record for appearances. With one out Devon Rodriguez roped a double to the gap in right-center. He finished the night 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Pinch hitter Matt Morales flew out to left and that brought up Murphy. After taking the first pitch out of the zone he fouled off for straight pitches. Capellan then came with a high fastball that was called strike three to end the game.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third when Rodriguez singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on Murphy’s RBI single. Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Goldeyes, however, would get back-to-back three-run innings off Saints starter Dustin Crenshaw. In the bottom of the third Jordan Hovey was hit by a pitch with one out. Kevin Garcia singled him to second. An RBI double by Tyler Hill knotted the game at one. Alex Perez followed with an RBI single to center making it 2-1 Goldeyes. With two outs Wes Darvill sent an RBI single into left-center making it 3-1.
In the fourth the Goldeyes tacked on three more. Kyle Martin led off with a walk. Back-to-back singles by Cody Young and Hovey scored a run giving the Goldeyes a 4-1 lead. After a failed sacrifice attempt, Hill reached on an infield single to load the bases. A walk to Perez forced in a run and an RBI fielder’s choice from James Harris made it 6-1.
The Saints slowly came back adding a run in the fifth when Rodriguez doubled, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch making it 6-2.
Allen hit his first homer of the night in the sixth, a solo shot to cut the deficit to 6-3.
The Goldeyes got what proved to be a big insurance run in the seventh when, with one out, Harris doubled and Darvill walked. A wild pitch moved them up to second and third. With the infield in Reggie Abercrombie hit a grounder to Allen at second who forced Harris at the plate. The next hitter, however, Martin hit a ground ball away from the shifted Allen at second that went for an RBI infield single, scoring Darvill that proved to be the winning run.
The Saints head to CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Tuesday for the first of a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Jake Matthys (5-3, 6.18) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Kenny Koplove (1-1, 3.76).