A Night To Forget, Saints Drop Regularly Scheduled Game 5-3ST. PAUL, MN August 16, 2016
It will go down as two separate dates on the stat sheet, but it was a painful five and a half hours for the St. Paul Saints on Tuesday night at Shaw Park. After blowing a 9-1 lead in their resumed game from July 20, the Saints dropped the regularly scheduled game 5-3 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes. They fall to 54-27 and their lead in the North is down to 5.5 games.
The rookie Kody Knaus got the start for the Saints and gave them everything he had, but the Goldeyes came up with timely two-out hits to score all five of their runs. In the first Willie Cabrera hit a solo homer to left-center, his 15th of the season, to give the Goldeyes a 1-0 lead.
In the second the Saints tied it as one of their hottest hitters, Nate Hanson, doubled to left. With two outs Tony Caldwell singled him home to tie the game at one.
In the third, however, the Goldeyes would take the lead for good. Maikol Gonzalez led off with a walk and Adam Heisler sacrificed him to second. With two outs Reggie Abercrombie walked and that brought up the hero from the resumed game, Josh Romanski. He promptly doubled home both runners to give the Goldeyes a 3-1 lead.
In the fourth the Goldeyes tacked on two more when Jacob Rogers walked to lead off the inning. After Knaus got back-to-back strikeouts, Rogers would move to third on a pair of wild pitches. Gonzalez singled him home to make it 4-1. Gonzalez then stole second and scored on an RBI double by Heisler to make it 5-1.
The Saints attempted to come back in the sixth when Tony Thomas singled and Dan Johnson blasted a two-run homer to right, his fifth of the season, to cut the deficit to two.
In the seventh, of a game scheduled for seven, the Saints put the tying runs aboard when Aaron Gretz and Tanner Vavra both singled with one out, but Alonzo Harris grounded into his third double play of the game, tying an American Association record held by several players.
The same two teams meet in a double header on Wednesday night at Shaw Park with game one beginning at 5:30 p.m. The second game will follow approximately 30 minutes at the conclusion of game one and both games will be scheduled for seven innings. The Saints will throw RHP Robert Coe (9-2, 4.79) and LHP Eric Veglahn (3-3, 4.57) and the Goldeyes will throw RHP Edwin Carl (8-5, 4.50) and LHP Kevin McGovern (5-3, 4.34). Which game each pitcher will throw has not been decided. Both games can be heard on Clu