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Offensive Fireworks Leave Saints One Short As They Lose 9-8 To Goldeyes

ST. PAUL, MN July 4, 2019

They say baseball is a game of inches and for the St. Paul Saints the inches went against them on Thursday night in the first of a five game series against their division rival, the Winnipeg Goldeyes.  With the tying and go ahead runs on in the top of the ninth Steve Pascual hit a fly ball down towards the right field corner that fell just foul.  The very next pitch ended the game and the Saints comeback fell short losing 9-8 at Shaw Park.  The loss drops the Saints to 29-16 on the season.

          With the Saints down 9-6 heading into the ninth and facing the league leader in saves, Victor Capellan, the first three hitters all singled to load the bases. Brady Shoemaker, John Silviano and Jeremy Martinez each singled to left.  After Josh Allen flew out to left, Devon Rodriguez made it 9-7 with a sacrifice fly.  Chesny Young’s single to center scored Silviano making it 9-8.  With the tying run at second and the go ahead run at first, Pascual lifted an 0-1 pitch down the right field line.  The ball landed just a couple of feet foul.  Capellan, who had not allowed a run in his last 11.2 innings over 13 straight appearances, threw a slider that Pascual swung threw to end the game.  Capellan picked up his league leading 17th save.

          The Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first off of Goldeyes starter Joel Seddon.  Max Murphy reached on an infield single off the glove of shortstop Wes Darvill.  Dan Motl followed by reaching on third baseman Jordan Hovey’s fielding error.  That brought up Shoemaker who crushed a three-run homer to right, his ninth of the season, making it 3-0.  Shoemaker finished the night 3-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle with three RBI and three runs scored.

          The lead didn’t last long as Jake Matthys gave up his own three-run homer in the second.  Wes Darvill led off by reaching on an infield single off the glove of John Silviano at first.  James Harris walked and Kyle Martin blasted his first homer of the night, a three-run shot to right, his second of the season tying the game at three.

          In the third the Saints responded when Shoemaker doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Martinez’ single giving the Saints a 4-3 lead.  Martinez went 4-5 with an RBI.

          The offensive floodgates opened for the Goldeyes in the bottom of the inning as they took the lead for good sending nine men to the plate.  Tyler Hill led off with a double to left-center and Alex Perez walked.  With one out Darvill singled to right loading the bases.  Harris then cleared the bases with a triple off the wall in right giving the Goldeyes a 6-4 lead.  A wild pitch scored Harris making it 7-4.

          In the fourth Murphy launched his league leading 14th homer of the season, a solo shot to straightaway center, cutting the deficit to 7-5.  Murphy went 4-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored.

          The Goldeyes plated the next two runs getting single runs in the fourth and fifth.  In the fourth Hill walked and, with one out, Willy Garcia doubled to center, but Hill was caught in a run down between third and home and was tagged out by the catcher Martinez as Hill took third.  Darvill singled to left scoring Garcia making it 8-5.

          In the fifth Martin came calling again with a solo homer to right, his second of the night and third of the season, giving the Goldeyes a 9-5 lead.  Matthys allowed a career high nine runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of work.

          The Saints loaded the bases in the seventh with one out, but managed just one run as Motl walked, Shoemaker was hit by a pitch and, with one out, Martinez singled.  Allen’s sacrifice fly made it 9-6, but Devon Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning.

          Saints reliever Ken Frosch tied a career high by going 3.0 innings allowing just one hit to keep the Saints in the game.

          The same two teams meet in the second game of the five game series on Friday night at Shaw Park at 7:00 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Ryan Zimmerman (1-1, 4.59) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Parker French (2-1, 3.75).  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.