Getting to CHS Field

Hamburger's Complete Game, Colwell's Three RBI Propel Saints To 7-2 Victory

ST. PAUL, MN August 6, 2017

St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis has told everyone that all his team needs to do is get on a little roll during the final month of the season.  They took a step in that direction on Sunday evening winning back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks.  Mark Hamburger tossed his second straight complete game, and league leading sixth of the season, and Tim Colwell collected three RBI as the Saints took down the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 7-2 at CHS Field in front of 8,448.  The win improved the Saints to 39-33 on the season, 2.5 games out of the Wild Card and 3.5 games out of first place in the North Division.


          Hamburger, who allowed one run in a complete game win over the American Association’s top team, the Lincoln Saltdogs, in his last start, gave the bullpen their second day off in five days.  The RedHawks got to him in the first and ninth, but he dominated in all the innings in between.  In the first Keury De La Cruz reached on a one out infield single to short.  He stole second and, with two outs, Josh Mazzola singled to left scoring De La Cruz making it 1-0 RedHawks.


          In the second Hamburger gave up back-to-back singles with two outs, but retired Devan Ahart on a flyout to end the inning. 


          After that Hamburger allowed just one hit from the third inning through the seventh.  In the seventh he walked the first two hitters, but got Yhoxian Medina to ground into a double play and Ahart to fly out to end the inning.


          In the eighth Hamburger hit Josh Mazzola with two outs and allowed a single to Trever Adams, but K.D. Kang flew out to center ending the inning.


          In the ninth Charlie Valerio led off with a solo homer to right, his seventh of the season.  With one out Medina singled to center, but Hamburger retired the final two hitters on a strikeout of Ahart and a ground out to De La Cruz.  Hamburger went 9.0 innings allowing two runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out four.  He threw 125 pitches, 79 for strikes. He won for the league leading 12th time and is 12-3 on the season.


          The Saints offense did their part a night after collecting a season high 19 hits, they wound up with 14 on Sunday.  Colwell tied the game up in the bottom of the first with a leadoff solo homer to left, his fifth of the season.


          In the second Colwell came through again.  Kes Carter led off with a single to left and stole second.  With two outs Breland Almadova walked and Colwell knocked home Carter with a single to right making it 2-1 Saints.


          In the third the Saints added two more thanks to Carter.  With one out Nate Hanson walked and Anthony Gallas singled him to second.  With two outs Carter doubled them both home giving the Saints a 4-1 lead.


          In the fourth the Saints scored yet again thanks to Colwell.  Maxx Garrett led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Almadova.  Colwell knocked home Garrett with a single to left making it 5-1 Saints.  Colwell finished the night 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.  JJ Gould and Hanson were hit by a pitch loading the bases and Gallas made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly.


          The Saint scored their final run in the seventh when Almadova led off with a double and scored on a two out double by Hanson.  Hanson went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored and extended his hitting streak to 17 games, tied for the ninth longest streak in Saints history.


          The Saints head out on the road for a three game series at U.S. Steel Yard against the Gary SouthShore Railcats beginning Monday night at 7:10 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Jason Hoppe (0-0, 6.32) to the mound against Railcats RHP Aryton Costa (1-1, 6.00).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.