Hamburger Dominates, Tsamis Wins 900th As Manager, Saints Beat Goldeyes 3-2ST. PAUL, MN June 24, 2016
George Tsamis’ managerial career began in 1999 with the Waterbury Spirits. In his 18 years at the helm, the last 14 with the Saints, he hasn’t had many starting pitchers as dominant as Mark Hamburger. His workhorse gave him 8.2 innings and the Saints rewarded Tsamis with his 900th win as a manager in a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes at CHS Field on Friday night in front of 9,736. The Saints improved to 25-10, best record in the American Association.
Hamburger was his usual reliable self and helped himself out in the first. Maikol Gonzalez led off the game by reaching on an error by third baseman Nate Hanson. Casio Grider sacrificed Gonzalez to second and with two outs the league’s best hitter David Rohm stepped to the plate. He hit a little dribbler toward first that was fielded by Angelo Songco, but the flip to Hamburger was a little late. Gonzalez raced around third and tried to score, but Hamburger fired a strike to the plate to nail Gonzalez and end the inning.
The Saints gave Hamburger all the runs he needed in the bottom of the inning. With Breland Almadova on first Duke von Schamann tried to pick him off, but his errant throw allowed Almadova to advance to second. Nate Hanson then roped an RBI double off the wall in left that scored Almadova to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Angelo Songco smashed an RBI triple to center scoring Hanson to make it 2-0. Tony Thomas followed that with an RBI single to give the Saints a 3-0 lead. Thomas has reached base safely in 35 straight games.
The Saints would manage just two more hits the rest of the game, but with Hamburger on the mound it didn’t matter. In the third the Goldeyes scored their only two runs. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam led off with a single and, with one out, Gonzalez walked. With two outs Josh Romanski roped a ball off the top of the wall that scored two. It was originally ruled a home run, but after the umpires huddled together they ruled the ball hit the top of the wall for a double. Hamburger made sure Romanski wouldn’t score as he struck out Rohm to end the inning.
In the fourth Hamburger got into a jam with nobody out when Jacob Rogers led off with a walk and Reggie Abercrombie singled him to second. Hamburger, however, retired the next three on a fly out, strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
In the seventh Hoopii-Haslam led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Gonzalez hit a fly ball to medium center that Almadova caught and Hoopii-Haslam tried to tag up, but Almadova threw him out at third to end the inning.
In the ninth Hamburger tried for the complete game. After retiring Abercrombie for the first out of the inning he gave up a double to Wes Darvill. Hamburger then got Hoopii-Haslam to ground out and that was the night for Hamburger. He threw 123 pitches, 84 for strikes allowing two runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out a season high seven. Caleb Thielbar came out of the bullpen and the Goldeyes, instead of letting the left-hand hitting catcher Tanner Murphy face the lefty Thielbar, went to the bench for right-hand hitting Carlton Tanabe. On the second pitch from Thielbar, Tanabe flew out to center to end the game.
For Tsamis it was his 900th victory in his managerial career, 717 of those have come with the Saints. He became the all-time winningest manager in Saints history in 2007.
The same two teams meet in game two of the four game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The Saints send LHP Kody Knaus (2-1, 3.63) against Goldeyes LHP Ethan Carnes (2-1, 4.46). We celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Top Gun presented by Discount Tire. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on BOB FM, 106.1 FM in the Twin Cities, 107.5 FM in Rochester and 105.5 FM in St. Cloud.