Getting to CHS Field

Crenshaw Cruises in Return with 2-1 Complete Game

ST. PAUL, MN August 21, 2017

In his return to CHS Field, Dustin Crenshaw pitched a masterful complete game in a 2-1 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts in front of 6,430. The win improved the Saints to 45-42 and they are 7.0 games behind the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the North Division and 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race with 13 games left.


Crenshaw, who re-signed with the Saints before the game, pitched a stellar 9.0 inning complete game allowing one run on five hits while striking out four. He did not walk a batter in a 91 pitch, 62 strike gem.


Wichita starter Jordan Cooper tossed 7.0 innings and his one mistake of the night came against Dan Johnson. In the bottom of the fourth inning with the Saints trailing by one, Brady Shoemaker reached on a one out walk. Johnson then stepped to the plate and blasted his second home run in as many games, hitting the right field foul pole, to put the Saints ahead 2-1.


The lone run of the ballgame for the Wingnuts came in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Richard Prigatano doubled down the right field line and scored on an RBI single by Zac Fisher to put the Wingnuts ahead 1-0. Following that run, Crenshaw allowed just two baserunners until the ninth inning. In the fourth, Brent Clevlen reached on a one out single, but Crenshaw got T.J. Mittelstaedt to ground into an inning ending double play.


Crenshaw retired six in a row until a two out single by Christian Stringer in the sixth inning, but he got Martin Medina to line out to end the inning.


Crenshaw retired nine in a row, including the first two in the ninth inning, before a two out double by Medina. He finished off the complete game in emphatic fashion, striking out former Major League Brent Clevlen to end the game. The complete game was the ninth of the season for the Saints, tying the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for the most in the American Association.


The same two teams meet tomorrow night at CHS Field for game two at 7:05 p.m. The Saints will send RHP Jason Hoppe (0-2, 6.23) to the mound while the Wingnuts will send RHP Eddie Medina (7-3, 3.06). Fans can play the Largest Game of Twister on CHS Field following the game on a Twister board painted on the outfield grass. It is also Awkward Tuesday presented by Mississippi Market. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.