- PAUL, MN(July 12, 2019) –Rub a dub dub, the St. Paul Saints have a power hitting club. The man signed before the game, Chris Baker, and their designated hitting All-Star, Brady Shoemaker, went back-to-back in the eighth inning and sent the home fans out with glee as the Saints took down the Winnipeg Goldeyes 10-9 on Friday night at CHS Field in front of 8,866.
With the Saints up 7-6 in the eighth Wes Darvill singled with one out. He stole second and, with two outs, Kyle Martin hit a pop up on the infield that Josh Allen came charging in on, but he had the ball hit off his glove and fall to the ground as Darvill scored the tying run on the error. The costly miscue hurt even more when the next hitter, Willy Garcia, blasted a two-run homer to right, his second of the night and 10th of the season, giving the Goldeyes their first lead of the night at 9-7.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, however, the Saints offense took over as All-Star Dan Motl led off with a triple off the right field wall. Baker then worked the count full before blasting a two-run homer to left, his first with the Saints, tying the game at nine. The very next pitch to Shoemaker was deposited over the left field wall, his 11th of the season, giving the Saints a 10-9 lead. Shoemaker finished the night 4-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and a run scored. He has now hit safely in a Saints season high 13 straight and has reached base safely in 32 consecutive games. It’s the fifth time the Saints have gone back-to-back this season, including going back-to-back-to-back on July 5 at Winnipeg. The five back-to-back home runs ties a franchise record they set in 2016.
All-Star closer Todd Van Steensel closed it out in the ninth getting the first two hitters before Kevin Garcia reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Baker at short. Van Steensel, however, would help his new teammate out by getting Tyler Hill to fly out to center to end the game and earn his 13th save of the season.
The Saints looked like they were going to cruise to victory. With the game tied at one in the bottom of the second Devon Rodriguez led off with a single. Two batters later John Silviano drilled a two-run homer to left-center, his fourth of the season in just 12 games with the Saints, making it 3-1.
In the fourth Silviano singled with one out and moved to second on a Chesny Young single. Motl drew a walk to load the bases. An RBI fielder’s choice by Baker gave the Saints a 4-1 lead. Shoemaker followed with an RBI single to make it 5-1.
With staff ace Eddie Medina on the mound the Saints felt comfortable, but Willy Garcia came calling to tie the game. Darvill led off the inning with a single, Harris walked and Martin singled to load the bases. Willy Garcia crushed a grand slam to left-center, his first of the night and ninth of the season, tying the game at five.
The Saints wasted little time in answering as they regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. With two outs Silviano doubled when three fielders lost the ball in the night sky. Silviano finished the night 3-3 with a double, homer, two RBI and three runs scored. Young drew a walk and Motl followed with an RBI single giving the Saints a 6-5 lead. A wild pitch then scored Young to make it 7-5.
The Goldeyes added a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Martin.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday night at CHS Field. The Saints send RHP Dustin Crenshaw (4-3, 4.46) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Kevin McGovern (7-3, 4.29). It is the 50th Anniversary of Monty Python presented by MN Pork.