ANOTHER ONE RUN GAME, SAINTS SCORE LATE TO WIN 3-2
- PAUL, MN(August 10, 2019) –The St. Paul Saints are more than accustomed to playing one run games in 2019. They hope playing all these tight games will pay off as they make a push for the playoffs over the next three weeks. Josh Allen’s eighth inning RBI single was enough to get the Saints a 3-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Saturday night at CHS Field in front of 8,319. The one-run contest was their 31st of the season, one shy of the franchise record of 32 set in 1994, and their 17th win in such games, tying the 2016 club for most wins in a one-run game. The win improves the Saints to 47-31 on the season.
With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth Brady Shoemaker began the inning with a bullet off the third baseman Hayden Schilling’s glove for an infield single. With one out Jeremy Martinez sacrificed Shoemaker to second. Allen then drilled a line drive single to center as Shoemaker scored from second to give the Saints the eventual winning run.
The Saints were only in a position to take the lead in the bottom half because reliever Karch Kowalczyk was magnificent in the top half. Ken Frosch started the inning by giving up a double off the wall in right to Colin Willis. Ray Jones’ grounder back to the mound sent Willis to third. Frosch departed for Kowalczyk and he managed to strike out Wilfredo Gimenez. After a walk to Schilling, Kowalczyk froze Daniel Gardner on a change up to strike him out and end the inning.
The Saints took the lead in the third when Blake Schmit dropped a fly ball double into left-center field. With one out Dan Motl ripped an RBI single into left-center scoring Schmit and giving the Saints a 1-0 lead.
Saints starter Jake Matthys, who was re-signed prior to the game, was solid in his 5.1 innings of work. He got defensive help in the third when Willis singled with two outs and runners at first and second. Right fielder Michael Lang gunned out Andy DeJesus at the plate to end the inning.
In the fifth the RailCats tied it when Daniel Gardner led off with a single and Marcus Mooney’s fielder’s choice erased Garnder. Alex Crosby’s single to left-center advanced Mooney to third. The RailCats then pulled off the double steal as Crosby took off for second, Saints catcher Jeremy Martinez threw down to second, and the relay throw back home wasn’t in time to get Mooney as he slid under the tag tying the game at one.
The Saints regained the lead in the fifth when Schmit walked with one out. Baker singled him to second and Motl came through with his second RBI on a single to center. Motl finished the night 3-4 with two RBI.
In the sixth the RailCats tied it again when Willis led off with a walk and stole second. With one out Gimenez’ groundball was misplayed by Chris Baker at short and the error allowed Willis to score tying it at two. Matthys went 5.1 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.
The Saints bullpen did the rest with Chris Lee (1.2 IP), Frosch (0.1 IP) and Kowalczyk (1.2 IP) allowing no runs on just two hits over the final 3.2 innings.
SAINTS COME BACK FROM SIX DOWN, BUT NINTH INNING DOOMS THEM IN 11-7 LOSS TO RAILCATS
- PAUL, MN(August 11, 2019) –The St. Paul Saints dug themselves a 6-0 hole, but came all the way back to tie the game at seven going into the ninth. Unfortunately, they gave up their fourth home run of the night and lost 11-7 to the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Sunday evening at CHS Field in front of 9,190. The loss drops the Saints to 47-32 on the season.
The Saints trailed 6-0 after the top of the fourth courtesy of a three-run homer from Alex Crosby in the second, his fifth of the season, a solo homer by John Price Jr. in the third, his third, and an RBI fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Price in the fourth.
The Saints mounted the comeback in the bottom of the fourth when Michael Lang led off with a walk and he scored on a one out double by John Silviano to make it 6-1. With two outs, Chesny Young doubled home Silviano cutting their deficit to 6-2.
In the fifth the RailCats got their third home run of the game, a solo shot by Ray Jones, his first of the season and night, making it 7-2.
The Saints would respond in the bottom half when Blake Schmit led off with an infield single. Mike Aiello followed with a single to right putting runners at first and second. A double play groundout by Dan Motl sent Schmit to third. Lang doubled home Schmit making it 7-3. Brady Shoemaker cut the deficit to three with an RBI single to left.
Saints reliever Ryan Schlosser was masterful in his 3.0 shutout innings of allowing one hit while fanning four and keeping the Saints in the game.
Schlosser’s pitching paid off because in the seventh Lang cut the lead to two with a solo homer to left, his eighth of the season and third with the Saints.
In the eighth the Saints completed the comeback when pinch hitter Jabari Henry ripped a one out single under the glove of second baseman Andy DeJesus. Schmit doubled Henry to third. Pinch hitter Jeremy Martinez walked to load the bases. Motl tied the game with a two-run single to center.
In the ninth, however, the RailCats put up four runs to put the game away. Price Jr. reached out and poked a one out single into center. Randy Santiesteban walked and Colin Willis singled to center knocking home Price Jr. to make it 8-7. Jones then slugged his second homer of the season, and game, with a three-run shot to right putting the game out of reach for the Saints.
The Saints welcome in the Winnipeg Goldeyes for the first of a three-game series on Monday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Eddie Medina (7-1, 2.56) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Mitchell Lambson (10-2, 3.09). It’s Ecolab night with the first 1,500 fans receiving a reusable tote bag.