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Getting to CHS Field

Leaving Them Stranded, Saints Blank Railcats 4-0 In Game 1 Of Doubleheader

ST. PAUL, MN May 21, 2017

When St. Paul Saints pitchers got into a jam in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Sunday evening at CHS Field against the Gary SouthShore Railcats, they made the pitches to get out of the inning.  Three pitchers combined to leave 12 men on base and the Saints blanked the Railcats 4-0.

 

          Starting pitcher John Straka went 5.0 strong innings and got out of a second and third two out jam in the third by getting Andy De Jesus to ground out to end the inning.

 

          In the fifth Straka loaded the bases with two outs on a single from Colin Willis and back-to-back walks, but Wilfredo Jimenez flew out to end the inning.  Starka went 5.0 shutout innings allowing four hits while walking three and striking out seven.

 

          Saints reliever Corey Williams pitched the sixth and put the first two batters on with a walk and a hit by pitch.  After a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, Williams got Chase Harris to hit a comebacker and they cut Ryan Fitzgerald down at the plate. 

 

          In the seventh Williams gave up a double and an infield single to put runners at first and second with nobody out.  Seth Rosin came in to close the game out and the first batter he faced, Alex Crosby, hit a pop up to second that Tanner Vavra let intentionally drop, he threw to second to get the first out and shortstop Jon Kristoffersen fired to third to  get the double play.  Rosin earned his third save in as many games by getting Wilfredo Gimenez to ground out to end the game.

 

          The Saints scored three runs in the first when Tim Colwell led off with a solo homer to right, his first of the season.  With two outs Brady Shoemaker doubled and Tony Thomas hit a two-run blast, his second of the season, to make it 3-0.

 

          The Saints would add one more in the fourth when Thomas doubled and Anthony Gallas hit a sharp one hopper off the glove of a diving De Jesus at short that scored Thomas.  Thomas finished the game 2-3 with a double, home run, two RBI and two runs scored.