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Getting to CHS Field

Broom Me: Shoemaker's Walk-Off Homer Caps Off First Ever Four-Game Sweep Of Goldeyes, 5-4 In 11

ST. PAUL, MN June 25, 2017

The St. Paul Saints made all of their hits count on Sunday evening at CHS Field.  They managed just six during an 11 inning game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes, but they hit a season high four home runs, including a walk-off solo home run from Brady Shoemaker.  For the first time in franchise history they swept the Goldeyes in a four-game series with a 5-4, 11 inning victory in front of 8,228.  The win improved the Saints to a league tying best 25-11 and increased their lead in the North Division to 7.0 games.  The Saints have won five straight and six in a row at home.


            With the game tied at four in the bottom of the 11th the Goldeyes brought out their closer Ryan Chaffee. He got Tim Colwell to foul out on the first pitch of the inning.  Nate Hanson then popped out to short.  That brought up Shoemaker who already homered earlier in the game.  On a 1-0 pitch he crushed a solo shot to right-center, his ninth of the season.  It was the ninth time in Shoemaker’s career he hit two home runs, the last coming July 18, 2014 when he was with Double-A Jacksonville in the Miami Marlins organization.


With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the second Anthony Gallas got the Saints on the board with a solo homer to right, his sixth of the season, tying the game at one.


            In the third the Goldeyes regained the lead when Josh Romanski doubled David Rohm to third.  A groundout by Reggie Abercrombie scored Rohm to make it 2-1 Goldeyes.


In the fourth the Goldeyes added to their lead as Wes Darvill singled with two outs.  Jordan Ebert followed with a single of his own to put runners at first and third.  Andrew Sohn gave the Goldeyes a 3-1 lead with an RBI single to right.


            In the fourth the Saints collected their second hit of the night, a solo homer by Shoemaker to make it 3-2.


            The third hit for the Saints came in the fifth.  Tony Thomas drove a ball deep to right-center.  The center fielder Abercrombie raced after it, but the ball ricocheted off the wall and caromed back towards the infield.  Thomas raced around for an inside the park home run, his ninth home run of the season, tying the game at three.  Maxx Garrett followed with a walk.  Jon Kristoffersen ripped a grounder to first that Shawn Pleffner fielded, his throw to second, however, pulled shortstop Andrew Sohn off the bag.  Tanner Vavra then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by pitcher Mikey O’Brien.  He fired a throw to third, but Darvill had the ball go off his glove and into shallow left field.  Garrett scored on the play giving the Saints a 4-3 lead.


            In the sixth, however, the Goldeyes got their only two hits and scored their lone run off the Saints bullpen.   With Ebert at first and one out, Saints reliever Brandon Peterson unleashed a wild pitch to advance Ebert to second.  Sohn singled Ebert to third and David Rohm’s sacrifice fly tied the game at four. 


            The Saints bullpen of Peterson (1.2 IP), Caleb Thielbar (2.1 IP), Seth Rosin (1.0 IP), Benji Waite (0.2 IP) and Ken Frosch (0.1 IP) allowed one run on two hits while striking out eight in 6.0 innings of worked.  The Saints didn’t walk a hitter over the 11.0 innings.


            It’s only the sixth sweep by the Saints of the Goldeyes, the last coming June 17-19, 2016.  The last time the Saints swept the Goldeyes at home was July 16-18, 2004.


            The Saints have Monday off and are back in action on Tuesday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints and Explorers are TBA.  It is Larry Doby Night presented by MidWestOne Bank.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.