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A Night To Forget, Saints Give Up Season Tying High In Runs, Lose 16-5 To Goldeyes

ST. PAUL, MN June 21, 2018

The St. Paul Saints and Winnipeg Goldeyes have a storied rivalry that dates back to the old Northern League days.  They have had some epic battles, but Thursday night at CHS Field in front of 8,314 was not one of those games.  The Saints gave up 11 runs in the first three innings and gave up a season tying high 16 runs in a 16-5 loss to the Goldeyes. The loss drops the Saints to 19-13 on the season.


          The big blow came in the second, with the Saints already down 1-0, the Goldeyes sent 13 men to the plate and scored eight runs to blow the game wide open.  Tucker Nathans got the scoring started with an RBI single off of pitcher Jake Esche’s leg to make it 2-0.  Dave Sappelt made it 3-0 with an RBI double.  Reggie Abercrombie reached on a fielder’s choice, with a fielding error charged to shortstop Anthony Phillips, that allowed a run to score making it 4-0.  With the bases loaded Eric Aguilera made it 6-0 with a two-run double.  A sacrifice fly by Andrew Sohn made it 7-0 and that was the night for Esch.  He would go 1.2 innings allowing eight runs, five earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out one.  Ryan Boelter came on in relief and gave up an RBI double to Grant Heyman that gave the Goldeyes an 8-0 lead.  Two batters later Kevin Garcia made it 9-0 with an RBI single.


          With the Saints down 11-0 in the fourth they finally got on the board as Max Murphy led off with a single and Brady Shoemaker doubled him to third.  An RBI groundout by Noah Perio Jr. made it 11-1.  Two batters later Anthony Phillips singled to center driving home Shoemaker to make it 11-2.


          In the eighth Connor Olson led off with a double and, with one out, moved to third on an infield single by Shoemaker.  He finished the night 4-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Perio Jr. knocked home Olson with a double to make it 11-3.  Dante Bichette Jr. made it 11-4 with an RBI single to left.  Two batters later Jake Smith continued his hot ways since joining the Saints with an RBI single to right-center to make it 11-5.


          The Goldeyes would tack on five runs in the ninth for the final margin.


          The Saints got a couple of solid relief appearances as Ryan Schlosser tossed 3.0 shutout innings while giving up one hit and striking out four.  Ken Frosch ran his consecutive scoreless streak to 16.1 innings tossing a shutout inning of relief.


          The same two teams meet in game two of the four game series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Matt Solter (1-2, 3.00) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Mitchell Lambson (1-0, 0.82).  It is Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks featuring the music of Grease.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.