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Getting to CHS Field

Peterson Dazzles In Debut, Saints Come From Behind and Defeat Goldeyes 10-4

ST. PAUL, MN June 22, 2017

The St. Paul Saints began their longest homestand in 12 years and it wasn’t pretty early on.  The offense, however, scored 10 unanswered runs, newly signed reliever Brandon Peterson pitched out of two major jams and the Saints came back to defeat their division rivals, the Winnipeg Goldeyes 10-4 on Thursday night at CHS Field in front of 8,208.  The win improved the Saints to 22-11 and a 4.0 game lead in the North Division.


          The turning point in the game occurred in the top of the sixth with the Saints down 4-3.  Starter John Straka gave up an infield single to the leadoff hitter Alixon Suarez and then walked Andrew Sohn.  Straka gave way to Peterson who walked David Rohm to load the bases with nobody out.  Peterson then struck out Josh Romanski and got Reggie Abercrombie to ground into an inning ending double play.


          The Saints used that momentum to tie the game in the bottom of the inning when Anthony Gallas hit a solo home run to straightaway center, his fourth of the season, making it 4-4.


          In the seventh the Goldeyes threatened again.  Shawn Pleffner led off the inning against Peterson and doubled to right-center.  David Bergin singled him to third.  Peterson once again settled down getting Wes Darvill to fly out to shallow left and then striking out Mason Katz and Suarez to end the inning.  Peterson went 2.0 shutout innings allowing two hits while walking one and striking out three in picking up the win in his first appearance with the Saints.


          In the bottom of the seventh the Saints took their first lead of the night when Tim Colwell walked with one out.  Nate Hanson lined a single to left putting runners at first and second.  After starter Zach Nuding walked Brady Shoemaker to load the bases, the Goldeyes went to their bullpen for Victor Capellan.  He struck out Gallas, but then unleashed a wild pitch that scored Colwell and gave the Saints a 5-4 lead.  Tony Thomas then singled home a pair to give the Saints a 7-4 lead.


          The Saints added insurance in the eighth when Danny Oh reached on a one out infield single to second and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Colwell doubled to left scoring Oh to make it 8-4.  Hanson made it 9-4 with an RBI single.  Shoemaker reached when he hit a grounder to short, but Sohn tripped upon fielding the ball and the Saints had runners at first and second.  Gallas finished the scoring with a single to center. 


          With the Saints trailing 4-0 in the third Jon Kristoffersen led off the inning with a triple and scored two batters later on Oh’s sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.


          In the fourth Hanson reached on an error by Sohn at short and Thomas made him pay with a two-run homer to left, his seventh of the season, to make it 4-3.  Thomas finished the night 2-4 with a home run, four RBI and a run scored.


          The same two teams meet in the second game of the four game series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Jason Creasy (3-2, 5.10) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Edwin Carl (2-0, 3.62).  It is Twin Cities Pride with Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.