Getting to CHS Field

Hamburger First To 10 Wins, Saints Roll Into All-Star Break With Sweep of Salina, Win 7-2

ST. PAUL, MN July 23, 2017

The St. Paul Saints realize the final 39 games of the regular season won’t be a cake walk.  The remaining win percentage of the teams they face is .540, but they went into the All-Star Break on a high note.  Mark Hamburger pitched 7.0 strong innings, became the first pitcher in the American Association to reach 10 wins as the Saints swept the Salina Stockade on Sunday evening at CHS Field in front of 8,473 with a 7-2 victory.  The win improved the Saints to 34-27 and they remained 1.0 game behind the Winnipeg Goldeyes for first place in the North Division.


          Hamburger, who will start Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Ottawa, had at least one runner on base in six of the seven innings he pitched.  The Stockade got to him in the first when Kewby Meyer hit a fly ball down the left field line that just eluded the dive of Tim Colwell and went for a triple.  Jonathan Moroney followed with an RBI single to give the Stockade a 1-0 lead.


          In the third Hamburger retired the first two and looked like he had a perfect inning as Jimmy Heck flew out to left to end the inning.  Heck, however, made contact with catcher Maxx Garrett’s glove for catcher’s interference.  Cody Coffman followed with a single to center, but Hamburger avoided further trouble by getting Jesse Baker to fly out to end the inning.


          In the fourth the Stockade had runners at first and second and two outs, but Hamburger got Meyer to fly out to end the inning.


          After retiring the side in order in the fifth the Stockade scored their only other run of the game in the sixth.  After back-to-back strikeouts, Dan Aldrich singled to right-center and Jordan Caillouet walked.  Aaron Olivas’ single knocked in Aldrich.


          In Hamburger’s final inning he hit Heck with one out.  Coffman worked a nine pitch at bat before striking out.  Jesse Baker then singled to left and Troy Paris worked an eight pitch at bat before grounding out to end the inning.  Hamburger went 7.0 innings allowing two runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out six.  He improved to 10-2 on the season and has won double-digit games in back-to-back years.


          With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the second they took the lead without a hit.  Tony Thomas and Kes Carter, both who would leave the game later on with injuries, reached on walks to start the inning.  Maxx Garrett sacrificed the two over and Jon Kristoffersen walked to load the bases.  A sacrifice fly by Breland Almadova scored Thomas to tie the game at one.  A wild pitch scored Carter giving the Saints a 2-1 lead.


           In the fourth the Saints broke it open with a five run inning as Kristoffersen led off with a double to right.  With one out Tim Colwell extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double to right making it 3-1.  Colwell stole third and scored on a groundout by Brady Shoemaker to make it 4-1.  With two outs Anthony Gallas was hit by and Nate Hanson walked.  Mitch Delfino, who replaced Thomas in the lineup, doubled home Gallas to make it 5-1.  Delfino went 3-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored.  Ben Buerkle, who replaced Carter after he was hit by a pitch in the foot in the third, doubled home both runs giving the Saints a 7-1 lead.


          The Saints are off Monday and Tuesday for the All-Star break and begin a two game series against the Sioux City Explorers on Wednesday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m.  Both teams are TBA.  It is the third Silver Season Commemorative bobblehead giveaway as the first 1,500 fans will receive a J.D. Drew bobblehead.  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.