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Getting to CHS Field

Grady Wood Stumps Saints with 7-0 Shutout

ST. PAUL, MN August 13, 2017

The St. Paul Saints faced the fourth-best pitcher in the league at CHS Field on Sunday night in front of 8,009 and were shutout for the second time in the series, 7-0.  After losing the series to the Sioux Falls Canaries, the Saints dropped to 42-37 and are now 5.0 games behind the Winnipeg Goldeyes and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card.


         Grady Wood started the game for the Canaries with a 2.89 ERA, fourth-best in the league and was exceptionalin his first career complete game shutout. He gave up just six hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six.


         It was a pitching duel through the first four innings until Saints starter, Ryan Zimmerman, ran into a bases loaded jam in the fifth. Mike Falsetti reached on a one out single then, with two outs, Zimmerman walked back-to-back batters in Dan Motl and Ty Morrison. With the bases loaded Burt Reynolds hit a hard ground ball up the middle scoring Falsetti and Motl, the first two runs of the game, and the Canaries led 2-0. It was the only mistake of the night made by Zimmerman pitching 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits while walking five and striking out five.


         In the eighth, Jabari Henry hit a one out solo home run, his 20th of the season, off of reliever Ken Frosch to extend the Canaries lead to 3-0.


         With the rain falling in the ninth, Chandler Hawkins came on in relief and gave up a leadoff single to Trey Vavra. Vavra then advanced to second on a stolen base. Hawkins retired the next two batters, but then had control issues and hit back-to-back hitters, in Motl and Morrison, to load the bases. Reynolds stepped up and hit his second grand slam of the series, his 13th home run of the season, over the left field wall to put the Canaries up 7-0.


         The Saints collected three hits in the bottom of the ninth, matching the total they had through the first eight innings. After a single by Kes Carter, who was erased on a double play by Nate Hanson, Anthony Gallas singled to left. Brady Shoemaker collected his first hit since returning from the disabled list, a single to right field. Wood finished off the complete game shutout by getting Thomas to ground out to end the game.


         The Saints travel to Winnipeg for a four-game series beginning Monday night at Shaw Park at 7:00 p.m. The Saints are TBA and the Goldeyes will send LHP Kevin McGovern (9-2, 2.68) to the mound. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.