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Getting to CHS Field

History In the Making, Saints Become First Team To Sweep Wingnuts At Lawrence-Dumont, Win 10-1

ST. PAUL, MN June 6, 2018

The St. Paul Saints had never won a series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.  They accomplished that feat on Tuesday night.  No team had ever swept the Wichita Wingnuts at their home ballpark since they became a franchise in 2009.  The Saints took care of that as well on Wednesday night with a 10-1 thumping of the Wingnuts.  The win improved the Saints to 13-6 on the season and they finished the 10-game roadtrip 7-3.  The win was number 997 in George Tsamis’ managerial career, 814 of those have come with the Saints.

 

          All nine players collected hit by the second batter in the fifth, Justin O’Conner tied a career high with two home runs and the Saints pounded out 16 hits while scoring six runs in the first and never looked back.

 

          The Saints greeted rookie lefty Corbin Osburn rudely, as he came into the game with a 0.82 ERA in two starts.  In the first Josh Allen started off the game with a double to left and extended his hitting streak to eight games.  Since moving into the leadoff spot eight days ago Allen is hitting .486.  He moved to third on a single by Max Murphy and Noah Perio Jr. made it 1-0 with an RBI double. Brady Shoemaker’s sacrifice fly scored Murphy to make it 2-0.  Richard Prigatano, who wound up going 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored, singled home Perio Jr. to make it 3-0.  With two outs and nobody on Dante Bichette Jr. walked and Kes Carter extended his hitting streak to a career high 10 games with a double.  O’Conner then blasted his first home run of the game and fourth of the season, a three-run shot to left, making it 6-0.

 

          In the second the Saints kept pouring it on when Perio Jr. singled with one out and went to third on a single from Shoemaker.  Prigatano made it 7-0 with an RBI single.

 

          O’Conner came calling again in the third with a solo shot to left, his second of the night and fifth of the season, to make it 8-0.  It was the second time in his career he homered twice in a game.  The only other time was August 4, 2012 when he was at Low-A Hudson Valley.

 

          The Saints would get an RBI double from Bichette Jr. in the fifth, as he became the ninth player to collect a hit for the Saints.  Brady Shoemaker tacked on an RBI single in the sixth.

 

          Saints starter Vinny Nittoli was dominant once again going 5.0 innings allowing one run on three hits while walking two and striking out eight.  He now has 32 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched.  The Saints outscored the Wingnuts 20-4 in the three-game sweep.

 

          The Saints now take Thursday off and begin a three-game series on Friday night against the Sioux Falls Canaries.  The Saints send RHP Matt Solter (1-1, 1.83) to the mound and the Canaries are TBA.  It is Star Wars Night presented by Pizza Ranch.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.