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Hamburger Goes the Distance, Saints Capitalize On Six Birds Errors, Win 8-3

ST. PAUL, MN May 24, 2017

In his first start of the season five days ago Mark Hamburger nearly notched a complete game, but fell two outs short.  On Tuesday night with the American Association record holder for complete games sitting in the opposing dugout as the pitching coach, Hamburger made sure to finish it off this time.  He tossed his 13th complete game of his Saints career and the Saints took advantage of six Sioux Falls Canaries errors to win 8-3 at Sioux Falls Stadium and improve to 5-1.


          On a blustery evening in Sioux Falls Hamburger was in control from the beginning and made the pitches when he needed to.  In the first Hamburger gave up a two out double to Burt Reynolds and a single to Chris Jacobs, but got BJ Guinn Jr. to ground back to the box to end the inning.


          Hamburger made his lone mistake in the third when Ty Morrison hit a solo home run into the jet stream to right-center, his first of the season.  That made the score 4-1 Saints at the time.


          Hamburger would not allow more than one base runner the rest of the way in any inning until the ninth.  With the Saints up 8-1 Hamburger gave up a leadoff single to Jacobs.  With one out Patrick Fiala singled him to second. With two outs Hamburger walked Aaron Gretz to load the bases.  Dan Motl knocked home two with a single to right, but Hamburger was determined to finish the game.  He struck out Jake Taylor to end the game and after 143 pitches, 96 for strikes, Hamburger picked up his first complete game of the season and 13th of his career.  He is currently number two all-time in American Association history in complete games, one shy of Ben Moore, the former Canaries pitcher and current pitching coach.  Moore threw 14 complete games in 121 starts while Hamburger’s 13 have come in 43 starts.


          The Canaries defense turned into the Saints best offense.  In the first Breland Almadova reached on a fielding error by the third baseman Jacobs.  That was followed by Nate Hanson reaching on a fielding error by shortstop Jake Schmit.  Brady Shoemaker took advantage of the mistakes by crushing a three-run homer to right-center, his second of the season, to make it 3-0 Saints.


          In the third Hanson reached on an error by Jacobs.  Shoemaker followed with a grounder to Jacobs at third, but his throw to second pulled Guinn Jr. off the bag for an error.  Tony Thomas walked to load the bases and the Saints took a 4-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Danny Oh. 


          With the Saints leading 4-1 in the fourth Brady Burzynski reached on an infield single and was sacrificed to second.  He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to give the Saints a 5-1 lead.  Almadova then walked, stole second and scored on Jacobs’ fourth error of the game, a throwing error to first off a grounder from Hanson.  Jacobs tied an American Association record for most errors by a third baseman in a game with four (Edwin Moldanado, Grand Prairie, June 4, 2008 and Landon Camp, Sioux City, July 5, 2009). 


          In the sixth the Saints made it 7-1 when Burzynski reached on another infield single to third and Jon Kristoffersen walked.  Tim Colwell then hit a deep fly to right that Fiala grabbed at the wall for the out.  As he crashed into the wall he dropped the ball and Burzynski, who tagged up, was able to score.


          In the ninth Thomas hit a solo homer to right, his third of the season, to give the Saints an 8-1 lead.


          The finale of the three game series is Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Sioux Falls Stadium.  The Saints send LHP Eric Veglahn (0-0, 1.80) to the mound against Canaries LHP Joe Bircher (0-1, 2.57).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.