Crenshaw Faces the Minimum, As Saints Tie Single-Season Win Streak With 10th In A Row, Win 2-0ST. PAUL, MN June 6, 2015
CRENSHAW FACES THE MINIMUM AS SAINTS TIE SINGLE-SEASON WIN STREAK WITH 10TH IN A ROW, WIN 2-0
ST. PAUL, MN (June 6, 2015) – Dustin Crenshaw wasn’t perfect on Saturday night at CHS Field, but he was pretty close. He faced the minimum, retired the final 22 hitters, allowed just two hits, but got two double plays en route to his first ever nine inning complete game shutout of his career. The Saints won for the 10th consecutive time with a 2-0 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of 7,982. The 10th consecutive victory ties the longest single-season win streak in franchise history and improves the Saints record to 14-1.
Crenshaw gave up a leadoff single in the game to Harrison Kain, when he hit a slow grounder to short and Anthony Phillips charged, double clutched and his throw to first wasn’t in time. With one out, Crenshaw got a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In the second Richard Stock tripled to left-center with one out, but then Crenshaw got a little help from Willie Argo in left. Michael Wing hit a fly ball to left that Argo took a step back on, made the catch and then fired a strike to Joey Pacoriek, who tagged Stock on the rear end before he slid into home for the inning ending double play. Crenshaw didn’t allow another base runner the rest of the game. He mowed down the Canaries in order in innings three through nine getting RJ Perucki to pop out to third to end the game. Crenshaw completed the two-hit, no-walk, two strikeout masterpiece in just 88 pitches, 61 for strikes. It’s the first time the Saints have given up just two hits in a game since August 19, 2010 at Sioux Falls.
The Saints got the only run they would need in the third when Anthony Phillips led off with a single. He moved to second on a groundout and advanced to third on a bunt single by Sam Maus. Argo ripped a single into right scoring Phillips to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Argo finished the night 2-4 with an RBI.
In the fourth Angelo Songco hit his second homer of the season, a solo blast to right, that put the Saints up by their final margin of victory.
The win was the 10th consecutive victory for the Saints, tying the single-season record set back in 2007 from June 17-28. The longest winning streak in Saints history is 12 which was recorded from August 21-25, 2008 and May 8-15, 2008.
The same two teams meet Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. in the finale of the three game series. The Saints send LHP Kramer Sneed (2-0, 1.90) to the mound against Canaries RHP Jeremy Strawn (1-1, 3.12). Fans can bring their dog to the park, but must keep them on a leash. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, which are cable access channels in the Twin Cities area and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.