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Getting to CHS Field

Matthys Dazzles As Saints Blank Goldeyes 4-0, Move Step Closer To Playoff Berth

ST. PAUL, MN August 27, 2018

The St. Paul Saints want what the Winnipeg Goldeyes have had the last two seasons: An American Association Championship.  First, they need to clinch a playoff berth and Jake Matthys made sure they took another step in that direction.  The right-hander allowed four hits over 7.2 innings as the Saints recorded their seventh shutout of the season blanking the Winnipeg Goldeyes 4-0 at Shaw Park on Monday night.  The win improved the Saints to 55-38 on the season and their magic number to clinch a playoff berth dropped to three, with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks still in action at the time of this writing, and their lead in the North Division increased to 2.0 games, after a loss by the Gary SouthShore RailCats, with seven to play. 


          Matthys was great all night long.  In the first he gave up a two-out single to Reggie Abercrombie, but retired Josh Mazzola on a fly out to right. 


          In the second Matthys walked Jordan Ebert with one out, but struck out Blake Adams and Tyler Baker to end the inning.


          The biggest trouble he got into came in the fourth when Mazzola singled to center with one out.  That was followed by a walk to Tucker Nathans, but Matthys got Ebert to ground into an inning ending double play.


          In the sixth Matthys once again got an inning ending double play as he gave up a one out single to Grant Heyman, but got Abercrombie to hit a comebacker and turn the 1-6-3 double play.


          In the eighth Matthys retired Adams on a fly out, walked Baker and got Andrew Sohn to ground out to short.  With the left-handed Josh Romanski coming to the plate manager George Tsamis went to his bullpen for the lefty Ken Frosch.  He got Romanski to pop out to end the inning.  Matthys went 7.2 shutout innings allowing four hits while walking three and striking out three.


          In the ninth Frosch retired the lefty Heyman and then Beck Wheeler came on to wrap it up by striking out Abercrombie and Mazzola.  The Saints didn’t allow a runner past second base all night.


          The Saints offense did just enough to get the victory scoring three runs in the third off of Goldeyes starter Brennan Bernardino.  Nathaniel Maggio led off with a single to right.  Trevor Sealey hit a slow grounder to third and Tucker Nathans throw to first pulled Josh Mazzola off the bag.  After a Joey Wong sacrifice bunt, Max Murphy tied the Saints single-season hits record with his 128th, a two-run triple to right-center, giving the Saints a 2-0 lead.  Murphy tied Adam Olow’s mark set in 2004, the last time the Saints won a Championship.  After Dan Motl was hit by a pitch, Brady Shoemaker’s infield single to short scored Murphy making it 3-0.


          The Saints added an insurance run in the seventh when Trevor Sealey led off with a single to left-center, was sacrificed to second and, with two outs, scored on an RBI single by Motl.


          The only bad news on the night was Dante Bichette Jr’s 24-game hitting streak, third longest in franchise history and longest in the American Association this season, came to an end as he went 0-4.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the brief two-game series on Tuesday night at Shaw Park at 7:00 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Trevor Foss (4-2, 2.98) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Mitchell Lambson (8-5, 3.76).  The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.