One Game To Decide It All Saints Lose 5-4, Game 5 Of Division Series Monday NightST. PAUL, MN September 11, 2016
For the second straight night the St. Paul Saints and Winnipeg Goldeyes entered the ninth inning tied. Unfortunately, there was no walk-off magic for the Saints as a bases loaded walk in the top of the ninth forced in the go ahead run for the Goldeyes and the Saints lost 5-4 forcing a fifth and deciding game on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. in the best-of-five Division Series.
With the game tied at four in the top of the ninth inning closer Ryan Rodebaugh came on in relief. David Rohm led off with a slow dribbler wide of third that Nate Hanson fielded, but his throw to first was just late. Casio Grider fouled out on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Wes Darvill then blooped a single to center to put runners at first and second. After a groundout by Carlton Tanabe put runners at second and third the Saints intentionally walked the left-hand hitting Adam Heisler to get to the right-hand hitting Maikol Gonzalez. Rodebaugh fell behind 2-0 and then got the count to even. He missed with ball three and then Gonzalez fouled a pitch off. Rodebaugh then delivered a fastball low to walk Gonzalez and force in the eventual winning run.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Tony Thomas singled with two outs. David Bergin followed with a single advancing Thomas to third. Nate Hanson doubled home a run to get the Saints on the board.
The Saints had numerous opportunities to score against Goldeyes starter Duke von Schamann in the second and third inning, but came up empty. In the second, with one out, Tanner Vavra singled to center and advanced to second when center fielder Reggie Abercrombie overran the ball. Breland Almadova then singled to right-center, but Vavra hesitated thinking Abercrombie had a chance to catch the ball and advanced to third as Almadova took second on the throw home. Alonzo Harris would strike out and Ryan Cavan fouled out to end the inning.
In the third the Saints had another opportunity with a runner in scoring position when Hanson reached on a two-out infield single to third. Angelo Songco singled him to second, but Vinny DiFazio’s fielder’s choice groundout ended the inning.
The Goldeyes took advantage of the momentum in the fourth against Saints starter Kody Knaus. Gonzalez led off with a single to right and Willie Cabrera walked. Abercrombie tied the game up at one with an RBI single. Knaus then hit Josh Romanski to load the bases. Knaus would get Rohm to ground into a double play as a run scored giving the Goldeyes a 2-1 lead. Then the unthinkable happened as Abercrombie had a straight steal of home to make it 3-1. Casio Grider hit a solo homer to make it 4-1. Knaus went 4.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one.
The Saints tied it in the bottom of the inning when Vavra led off with a triple and scored on a double by Almadova to make it 4-2. A single to right-center by Harris put runners at the corners. The Saints then pulled off a steal of home of their own as Harris stole second and, on the throw down, Almadova broke for the plate and slid in just ahead of the tag to make it 4-3. Cavan walked and von Schamann departed for Edwin Carl. The Saints once again pulled off a double steal as Harris stole third and Cavan second. Tony Thomas would strike out and David Bergin would walk to load the bases. Hanson’s sacrifice fly tied the game at four. Carl was pulled for lefty Eric Eadington to face the left-hand hitting Songco. Eadington walked Songco to load the bases, but DiFazio struck out to end the inning. The Saints left nine men on base through the first four innings and 11 over the course of the night.
The Goldeyes bullpen did the job after that as Eadington went 2.1 shutout innings walking two and striking out three. Victor Capellan tossed 2.0 shutout innings giving up one hit while striking out five and Winston Abreu notched the save allowing one hit in the ninth and striking out one.
For the Saints Cody Wheeler was impressive taking over for Knaus. Wheeler went 3.2 shutout innings allowing one hit while striking out four.
The winner take all Game 5 of the Division Series is Monday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m. Both teams will go with their Game 1 starters on three days rest as the Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (1-0, 0.00) to the mound and the Goldeyes send RHP Mikey O’Brien (0-1, 1.29). The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.
Tickets for Game 5 of the Division Series are on sale at the Saints box or by calling 651-644-6659 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday or anytime at saintsbaseball.com.
Ticket prices for the playoffs are the same as the regular season: $5 for berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for bleacher seats, $12 for the drink rail, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for infield reserved and $18 for home plate reserved. Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket. Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free.