Long Ball Hurts Saints Again In 6-4 Loss To GoldeyesST. PAUL, MN July 18, 2016
The St. Paul Saints know the schedule will get much tougher over the final seven weeks of the season. On the back end of two straight weeks against nothing, but division opponents the Saints gave up two big home runs, struck out 14 times, now have 27 over their last two games, and fell 6-4 to the second place Winnipeg Goldeyes at Shaw Park on Monday night. The Saints fell to 40-18 and lead the Goldeyes by 8.5 games in the North Division.
Saints starter Robert Coe was looking to tie Charlie Ruud for most wins by a pitcher in Saints history, but one of the hottest offenses in the league was able to do some damage. In the third the Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead when Wes Darvill doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on a double by Tanner Murphy.
The Saints answered in the fourth when Angelo Songco singled to center. With one out Tony Thomas walked and that brought up Willie Argo. He walloped one over the left-center field wall for a three-run homer, his seventh of the season, to give the Saints a 3-1 lead.
The lead didn’t last long because in the bottom of the inning Reggie Abercrombie, who became the all-time home run leader in American Association history last week, crushed a solo homer to left, his 12th of the season, to make it 3-2. With one out David Rohm singled to right and, with two outs, Casio Grider drilled a two-run homer to left, his seventh of the season, to give the Goldeyes a 4-3 lead.
In the fifth the Saints tied it when Breland Almadova led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Tanner Vavra. Almadova advanced to third on a fly out by Angelo Songco. Alonzo Harris extended his career high hitting streak to 15 games with an infield single scoring Almadova tying the game at four.
The Goldeyes continued to pour it on against Coe in the bottom of the inning when Adam Heisler led off with a walk. He advanced to second on a ground out and with two outs Reggie Abercrombie slugged a two strike pitch for a double over the head of left fielder Willie Argo to give the Goldeyes a 5-4 lead. Coe went 5.0 innings allowing five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one.
The Goldeyes tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Wes Darvill singled with one out off of reliever Mike Strong. Darvill stole second and went to third on a ground out. Darvill would score on a wild pitch to give the Goldeyes a two run cushion.
The Saints didn’t collect a hit over the final four innings and managed just five in the game and have 17 hits over their last three games.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night at Shaw Park at 7:00 p.m. The Saints send LHP Eric Veglahn (2-2, 3.48) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Edwin Carl (4-5, 5.61). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.