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Getting to CHS Field

Hamburger Sets American Association Record in 3-1 Win Over Wingnuts

ST. PAUL, MN August 23, 2017

Two players had an historic night at CHS Field in front of 8,583. Mark Hamburger set an American Association record and tied another, both records that he held, and Brady Shoemaker reached a home run mark only two other players in Saints history have reached. Both helped the Saints to a 3-1 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts. The win improves the Saints to 46-43 and they are now 7.5 games behind the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the North Division and remain 4.5 games out of the Wild Card behind the Gary-Southshore Railcats with 11 games left in the season.

 

Mark Hamburger tossed his seventh complete game of the season, tying his own American Association record which he set last year. He also broke the American Association record for most innings pitched in a season, with 159.1, topping his own mark of 158.2, which he also set last year. In his 9.0 innings, he allowed one run on six hits while striking out four and did not walk a batter. He threw 120 pitches, 79 for strikes.

 

All the Saints scoring occurred in the bottom of the first inning. Tim Colwell reached on a leadoff single and, two batters later, Shoemaker made history with a two-run blast, his 20th of the season. He became just the third player in Saints history to reach the 20-home run plateau, joining Kevin Roberson (27-2002) and Ole Sheldon (22-2010, 20-2012). Dan Johnson then drew the one-out walk and moved to second on a single by Nate Hanson. The Saints scored their first run of the series, without the long ball, when Mitch Delfino drove home Johnson with an RBI singlegiving the Saints a 3-0 lead.

 

The lone run of the ballgame for the Wingnuts came in the sixth inning. Martin Medina led off with a ground rule double that bounced over the left-center field wall. The next batter, Brent Clevlen, followed up with a double of his own scoring Medina and putting Wichita on the board, 3-1.

 

Other than the sixth inning, Hamburger allowed only one runner as far as second base and retired the final nine batters he faced picking up his 13th victory of the season, tied for third most in Saints history.

 

Dan Johnson went 0-3 with a walk and ended his home run string at three straight, failing to become the first player in Saints history to homer in four consecutive games.

 

The same two teams meet Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. for the series finale at CHS Field. The Saint will send RHP Ryan Zimmerman (6-6, 4.90) to face RHP Alex Boshers (3-3, 3.73) for the Wingnuts. The Saints will be celebrating Monty Python and the Flying Circus. 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.