Getting to CHS Field

Power Surge: Three Home Runs Helps Saints to 8-5 Victory Over Railroaders

ST. PAUL, MN August 20, 2017

The St. Paul Saints went back to what made them successful at the beginning of the season, utilizing three long balls in an 8-5 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders at CHS Field on Sunday night in front of 8,147. The Saints improve to 44-42 on the season and are now 8.0 games back of the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the North Division and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card with 14 games remaining.

 

The Saints needed a strong start from Matt Schuld and he delivered. He tossed 5.2 innings allowing just one run on six hits while walking one and striking out three to pick up the victory.

 

The Saints faced the fourth best pitcher in the league, Alberto Rodriguez, but that did not quiet the Saints bats. In the second inning, Mitch Delfino reached on a leadoff double. Jon Kristoffersen was hit by a pitch, then a two-run double by Kes Carter brought them both home to put the Saints ahead, 2-1.

 

Prior to the game the Saints re-signed former Major Leaguer Dan Johnson, who blasted a solo homerun, his first of the season for the Saints, in the third inning to make it 3-1.

 

The Saints flexed their muscles with a five-run sixth inning, all by way of the long ball. With two outs, Carter was hit by a pitch, followed by a single from Breland Almadova. Brady Shoemaker hit a three-run home run, his 19th of the season, to make it 6-1.  With the bases empty, Johnson reached on a walk then the next batter, Nate Hanson, hit the second home run of the inning, his 13th of the season, to make it 8-1.

 

In the seventh, the Railroaders showed signs of life after Ken Frosch walked the first two batters of the inning, Hunter Courson and Blake Grant-Parks. Courson scored on an RBI single by Alex Polston and Grant-Parks crossed the plate on an RBI double by Maikol Gonzalez, making it 8-3, moving Polston to third. That would end the night for Frosch after he pitched 0.1 inning allowing four runs on two hits while walking two. Polston then scored on a passed ball and Gonzalez scored the final run of the ballgame on an RBI single by Nick Van Stratten.

 

The Saints welcome the Wichita Wingnuts for a four-game series at CHS Field beginning August 21 at 7:05 p.m. The Saints are TBA and the Wingnuts will send RHP Jordan Cooper (6-1, 3.75) to the mound. It will also be the Monday Night Variety Show featuring guest emcees Tom Barnard and Kathryn Brandt along with guest musician Aby Wolf. 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.