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Getting to CHS Field

More Late Game Heroics, Saints Win Second Consecutive Extra Inning Game, 7-4 In 10

ST. PAUL, MN May 30, 2018

Apparently, the story for the 2018 St. Paul Saints is going to be extra innings.  For the second consecutive night and third time in 12 games the Saints needed to work past nine innings for a victory.  A three-run 10th helped vault the Saints to a 7-4 victory over the Texas AirHogs on Wednesday night at AirHogs Stadium.  The win improved the Saints to 9-3 on the season.


          In the 10th with the game tied at four the AirHogs sent out reliever Conor Costello, who gave up the six runs in the ninth on Monday.  The Saints greeted him just as rudely on Wednesday as Justin O’Conner led off with a single to center.  After JJ Gould couldn’t get down a sacrifice bunt, and popped out to second, Josh Allen lined a sharp single to left putting runners at first and second.  Max Murphy then drilled a double over the right fielder Lu Zhenhong’s head.  O’Conner, however, retreated towards second to make sure the ball wasn’t going to be caught.  Allen was halfway between first and second and when the ball dropped Allen was a mere foot behind the catcher O’Conner as they rounded the bases.  As the relay throw came to the plate O’Conner touched home one step ahead of Allen to give the Saints a 6-4 lead.  Brady Shoemaker followed with an RBI single to give the Saints a three-run lead.


          The Saints bullpen once again dominated.  With the Saints leading 4-3 in the seventh and a runner at second and one out, reliever Ken Frosch came into the game and struck out Lu.  Greg Golson tied it with a double to right-center.  The run was charged to starter Eddie Medina and was the only blemish for the bullpen on the night.  Frosch went 2.1 scoreless innings.


          In the ninth, with the game tied at four, Lu reached on an error by third baseman Dante Bichette Jr.  Frosch left the game for reliever Jake Matthys, but he walked Golson.  Lefty Ryan Boelter came out of the bullpen to face the toughest hitter on the AirHogs, Dillon Thomas, who had homered in the first and has five extra base hits in the series.  Boelter got Thomas to ground out to end the inning.  The bullpen tossed 3.2 scoreless innings and have not allowed a run in 19.1 consecutive innings.


          With the Saints trailing 2-0 in the third Richard Prigatano tied it with a two-run homer to left, his first of the season.  Prigatano finished the night 3-5, a triple shy of the cycle, with three RBI and a run scored.


          In the fourth the Saints took a 3-2 lead when O’Conner singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Allen sacrifice fly.  Allen finished the night 3-5 with a double, RBI, and a run scored.


          The Saints took a 4-2 lead in the fifth when Shoemaker singled to center, went to third on Noah Perio Jr’s single and scored when Prigatano’s grounder to second was mishandled by Luo Jinjun.  Perio Jr. went 4-6 with a run scored.


          The same two teams meet in the finale on Thursday morning at 11:05 a.m.  The Saints send LHP Jeff Malm (0-1, 9.00) to the mound against AirHogs LHP Tyler Matzek (0-1, 8.22).  The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.