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Getting to CHS Field

Foreign Territory As Saints Lose To Goldeyes 4-3 In 11

ST. PAUL, MN June 17, 2015

FOREIGN TERRITORY AS SAINTS LOSE 4-3 IN 11

WINNIPEG, MB (June 16, 2015) – The International Extra Inning Rule giveth, the International Extra Inning Rule taketh away.  The St. Paul Saints failed to score in the top of the 11th after a runner started at second by rule and the Winnipeg Goldeyes got a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the inning as the Saints lost 4-3 at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.

            With the game tied in the top of the 11th, the International Extra Inning Rule states the batter that made the last out of the last inning starts at second.  With Steve Nikorak at second Anthony Phillips sacrificed him to third.  With the infield in Alonzo Harris grounded out to short and Nikorak was forced to stay at third.  After Mitch Elliott walked Willie Argo struck out to end the inning.

            In the bottom of the inning the Goldeyes sacrificed their runner over and Casey Haerther lined a single to center for the game winner.

            Lost in all the extra inning madness was a superb ballgame pitched by both starters.  Goldeyes starter Nick Hernadez entered play second in the league in ERA at 1.39 while Saints starter Dustin Crenshaw was fourth at 1.50 ERA. 

            The Saints struck first in the first when Hernandez’ defense failed to help him out.  Harris reached on an infield single to second.  He would steal second and go to third when Argo reached on an infield single to the pitcher.  Ian Gac followed with a grounder to short that could have been an inning ending double play, but Josh Mazzola booted the ball allowing Harris to score and giving the Saints a 1-0 lead.

            It looked like the game would end that way as Crenshaw retired the first 14 batters he faced before hitting Mazzola with two outs in the fifth.  Crenshaw took a no-hitter into the sixth, but with one out Kyle Brandenburg reached on an infield single to second.  Brady Wilson then lined as single to center and Brandenburg advanced to third when Harris kicked the ball.  Adam Heisler followed with an RBI single to center to tie the game at one.

            The Goldeyes took the lead in the seventh when Nic Jackson doubled and two batters later Mazzola hit a two-run homer, his second of the season, to make it 3-1.  Crenshaw lasted 7.0 innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out two.

            In the top of the eighth the Saints would finally get to Hernandez again.  Argo led off the inning with a solo homer to left, his fifth of the season, to make it 3-2.  Gac extended his hitting streak to 13 with a single to left chasing Hernandez from the game.  The Goldeyes brought in left-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty to face the lefty Angelo Songco.  He struck out Songco, but was allowed to stay out and face the right-hand hitting Vinny DiFazio.  After a wild pitch allowed Gac to go to second, DiFazio singled to left scoring Gac and tying the game at three.  DiFazio finished the night 4-5 with an RBI.  Hernandez finished his night going 7.0 plus innings allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out seven.

            It’s the first loss of the season when the Saints score first, falling to 16-1 on the year.

            The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  The Saints send LHP Kramer Sneed (2-1, 2.40) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Matt Jackson (2-2, 4.21).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.