Nine Run Fifth Decimates Saints In 11-4 Loss To CanariesST. PAUL, MN August 14, 2016
Jeff Shields made his return to the St. Paul Saints after playing the last two and a half months in Mexico. After looking strong for four innings everything came apart in a nine run fifth as the Saints lost 11-4 to the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday evening at CHS Field in front of 9,564. The Saints dropped to 54-25 on the season. Despite the loss they maintained a 7.5 game lead in the North and their magic number to clinch a playoff berth dropped to nine.
With the Saints leading 2-1 in the fifth Shields hit the leadoff batter Aaron Owen. With one out Ethan Chapman singled to left putting runners at first and second. Darwin Perez tied it at two with an RBI single. With runners at the corners and one out Blake Schmit hit a slow grounder to third. Nate Hanson fired to second to get the lead runner, but Sam Maus’ throw to first hit off the helmet of Perez and caromed into shallow right allowing Chapman to score, giving the Canaries their first lead in the series at 3-2. After a walk to J.C. Linares, David Bergin crushed a three-run homer to left, his 14th of the season, to make it 6-2. Cameron Monger followed with a solo homer, his eighth of the season, to make it 7-2. B.J. Guinn doubled and scored on a single by Owen that pushed the lead to 8-2. After a walk to Mike Falsetti, Shields unleashed a wild pitch putting runners at second and third. Chapman finished the scoring with a two-run single to give the Canaries a 10-2 lead. Shields went 5.0 innings allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 11 hit while walking two and striking out three.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Brady Burzynski led off with a single. Bryson Myles was hit by a pitch and Tony Thomas sacrificed the two runners over. An RBI single by Dan Johnson gave the Saints a 1-0 lead, but Nate Hanson ended the inning by grounding into a double play.
With the game tied at one in the bottom of the second Tony Caldwell reached on an infield single to short. He went to third on a single down the first base line by Gretz, but Gretz was caught in a rundown as he attempted to go to second and was tagged out for the first out of the inning. Tanner Vavra reached on an error by the second baseman Perez that put runners at the corners. Vavra stole second and a sacrifice fly by Sam Maus scored Caldwell to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. Burzynski then hit a grounder to first that was bobbled by Bergin, but Vavra was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second, ending the inning.
Saints reliever Benji Waite saved the rest of the bullpen by going 4.0 innings allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out five.
The Saints now head to Shaw Park to take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes for a four game series plus resuming a suspended game from July 20. The Saints and Goldeyes will play the resumed game on Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Saints lead 3-0 in the bottom of the second, a game scheduled for nine innings. The regularly scheduled game will take place approximately 30 minutes at the conclusion of the resumed game and is scheduled for seven innings. Both teams are TBA for the regularly scheduled game. Both games can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.