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Getting to CHS Field

He's One Of Us: Spring Lake Park's Jake Matthys Dominates In 6-1 Win Over Explorers

ST. PAUL, MN July 18, 2018

Jake Matthys has made a compelling case to officially be a part of the St. Paul Saints starting rotation.  After 23 games out of the bullpen Matthys made his second start on Wednesday and dominated the top hitting team in the American Association, the Sioux City Explorers, over 8.0 innings.  He retired the final 21 batters he faced as the Saints became just the third team to win a series against the Explorers in a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.  The win improved the Saints to a season high nine games over .500 at 33-24 and increased their lead to 2.5 games in the North Division.  The Saints are now 5-1 on their 10-game roadtrip.


          Matthys had a 3-0 lead when he took the mound in the first and promptly retired the side in order, a common theme throughout the night.  The only blemish on his stat line came in the second when Nate Samson and Jay Baum reached with back-to-back singles that put runners at first and second with nobody out. Those would be the only base runners Matthys allowed all night.  Dexture McCall’s tapper back to the mound moved the runners up to second and third.  A sacrifice fly to left scored Samson to make it 3-1.  Matthys retired Daniel Jackson on a groundout to third to end the inning.


          In the third Matthys retired David Kerian on a comebacker, his fourth of six on the night tying an American Association record for most assists by a pitcher in a game.  He then struck out Luis Durango and Michael Lang to end the inning. 


          Matthys cruised the rest of the way and went 8.0 innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out four.  He threw 88 pitches an incredible 64 for strikes and retired 24 of the 26 hitters he faced.  The 8.0 innings is the longest any Saints pitcher has gone this season.


          The Saints got Matthys all the offense he needed in the first off of former Major Leaguer Taylor Jordan.  Max Murphy led off with an infield single to second.  Kyle Barrett then dumped a double down the left field line moving Murphy to third.  Burt Reynolds followed with a two-run double to left-center making it 2-0 Saints.  Reynolds moved to third on a groundout by Brady Shoemaker and scored on a groundout by Zach Walters to make it 3-0.


          In the third Murphy and Barrett came through again as Murphy led off with a double to left-center.  Barrett drove him home with a double to right making it 4-1.  With two outs Walters knocked home Barrett with a single to right making it 5-1. 


          In the eighth the Saints scored their final run on a solo homer by Brady Shoemaker, his sixth of the season.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three-game series on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.  The Saints send RHP Eddie Medina (4-2, 2.36) to the mound against Explorers RHP Keith Picht (3-2, 4.99).  The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.