One Is The Loneliest Number, Robert Coe Tosses Complete Game, One-Hit Shutout Over Saltdogs In 6-0 WinST. PAUL, MN August 5, 2015
ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER AS COE TOSSES COMPLETE GAME, ONE HIT SHUTOUT OVER SALTDOGS
ST. PAUL, MN (August 5, 2015) – The 8,445 in attendance at CHS Field nearly witnessed history on Wednesday night. Robert Coe set down Lincoln Saltdog hitter after Lincoln Saltdog hitter, carrying a perfect game into the seventh and a no-hitter into the eighth. He finished the night with a complete game, one hit shutout as the Saints won for the fifth straight time, 6-0, and improved to 53-16 on the season and remained at least 20.5 games ahead in the North Division.
Coe retired the first 19 batters of the game and the closest anyone reached base was the first batter of the game. Matt Forgatch hit a ground ball wide of first that Angelo Songco dove for, fielded, and underhanded to Coe at first just in time to get a head first diving Forgatch.
In the seventh he got Forgatch to pop out to second for the first out of the inning. He then got ahead of Aaron Payne 0-1, before throwing three straight pitches out of the zone. After a strike made the count full, Coe threw a fastball that just missed off the outside of the plate for ball four, ending the perfect game. He then got Mitch Canham to fly out to right and struck out CJ Ziegler to end the inning.
In the eighth, on the very first pitch of the inning, Curt Smith hit a grounder deep into the hole between short and third, shortstop Anthony Phillips fielded, fired across the diamond, but Smith beat it out for the lone hit of the game. Coe then got Mike Gilmartin to fly to deep center for out number one and then got a double play when Brian Joynt lined out to Steve Nikorak at third, who fired across to first to end the inning.
In the ninth Coe did something he couldn’t do in his last start against the Saltdogs, on July 23 at CHS Field, finished the complete game, one-hit shutout. On that night he gave up a run and allowed another hit in the ninth. On Wednesday he got Jeremy Hamilton to ground out to the mound, Tucker White to fly out to right and Forgatch to ground out to second to end the game. It was the second 9.0 inning complete game shutout of Coe’s career, accomplishing the feat June 6, 2014 vs. Sioux City. The Saints have thrown only one no-hitter, which was accomplished by Joe Miller on August 25, 1996 vs. Thunder Bay. It is the first known one-hitter in Saints history.
The Saints offense did all the damage they would need in the third when, with two on, Songco hit a three-run homer to left, his 12th of the season, to make it 3-0.
With the Saints up 4-0 in the fifth Mike Kvasnicka became the third Saints player to hit 10 home runs this season, with a solo shot to left to make it 5-0.
Songco’s RBI double in the seventh finished the scoring for the Saints. He finished the night 2-4 with a double, home run, four RBI and a run scored.
The same two teams meet in the second game of the three game series on Thursday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Dustin Crenshaw (11-1, 2.07) to the mound against Saltdogs RHP Casey Collins (1-0, 6.17). It is the 135th Anniversary Celebration of Securian Financial Group. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on 97.9 FM.