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Getting to CHS Field

Almadova's Five Hits, Caldwell's Two Homers Help Saints Slug Way To 12-5 Victory

ST. PAUL, MN May 22, 2017

Breland Almadova had a chance in his final at bat to do something no American Association player had ever done and only one other St. Paul Saints player had accomplished.  He had three opportunities to do something no other Saints player had ever done.  On a memorable night Almadova collected a career high five hits, one shy of the franchise record, and finished a home run shy of the cycle, Tony Caldwell added two home runs and the Saints slugged their way to a 12-5 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium.


          Caldwell got things started in the second inning when he smashed a two-run homer to right, his first of the year, to make it 2-0.


          With the Saints leading 2-1 in the fifth the Saints exploded for four runs.  With one out Tim Colwell singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Aaron Gretz.  That brought up Almadova.  In his first two at bats he singled and doubled.  This time he drilled an RBI triple off the wall in right field to make it 3-1 Saints.  Nate Hanson made it 4-1 with an RBI double.  Brady Shoemaker was up next and launched a fly ball over the right field wall just inside the pole.  The umpires, however, never made a call, got together to talk it over and then ruled it a home run.  It was Shoemakers first of the season and gave the Saints a 6-1 lead.


          With the Saints leading 6-3 in the sixth Jon Kristoffersen led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Tanner Vavra singled Kristoffersen to third and Colwell’s sacrifice fly made it 7-3.  Almadova, needing a home run to become the first Saints player to hit for the cycle, singled to right for his fourth hit of the game.


          The Canaries hung around and put up two in the bottom of the sixth when Dan Motl led off with a single to center and then stole second.  With one out Ty Morrison walked and Burt Reynolds doubled in a run when Almadova lost the ball in the lights to make it 7-4.  Chris Jacobs made it 7-5 with an RBI single to left.


          The Saints put the game away in the eighth when they sent nine men to the plate.  Caldwell led off with a walk and moved to second when Vavra’s grounder to Blake Schmit at short was booted.  Colwell then hit a fly ball to left that was dropped by Morrison which allowed Caldwell to score making it 8-4.  Almadova collected his fifth hit with a two-run single to center.  After a Hanson single, Shoemaker singled home Almadova to make it 11-5.  Hanson finished the night 3-5 with a double, RBI and a run scored while Shoemaker went 2-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored.


          In the ninth Caldwell hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot to left.  It was the third time in his career he’s homered twice and he finished the night 2-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored.  Almadova came up with no one on and two outs and had the chance to become the first player in American Association to collect six hits and the second Saints player to accomplish the feat.  Tonayne Brown accomplished the feat on July 3, 2005 at Sioux Falls.  Almadova, however, would strike out looking and he finished the night 5-6 with a double, triple, three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.


          The same two teams meet Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (1-0, 0.00) to the mound against Canaries RHP Miles Nordgren (NR).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.