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Getting to CHS Field

On The Precipice of History, George Tsamis Wins Number 999 As A Manager, Saints Down Canaries 4-1

ST. PAUL, MN June 10, 2018

He has said it before, win number 1,000 would have meant so much more in 2017 because it would have added an extra 16 wins and a playoff berth.  It won’t be any less important, however, as the 2018 team got him within one of the coveted mark as the pitching once again carried the Saints to a 4-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday evening at CHS Field in front of 7,745.  The win improved the Saints to 15-7 on the season and they maintain their 1.0 game lead in the North.  The win was number 999 in George Tsamis’ managerial career, 816 have come with the Saints.


          Jake Esch continues to rebound from a couple of tough early starts.  Coming off of a 7.0 shutout, 10 strikeout performance, Esch was sharp on Sunday evening.  In the second after giving up a couple of singles sandwiched around a strikeout, he retired the next two hitters to get out of the mini jam.


          In the third and fifth Esch was able to get a couple of double plays after the leadoff men reached.


          Esch gave up his lone run in the sixth when Blake Schmidt walked with one out.  On a 3-2 pitch to Jordan Smith, Schmidt took off and shortstop JJ Gould went to cover the bag.  Smith grounded one just to the right of Gould, where he would have been had he not gone over to cover second, into left-center that sent Schmidt to third.  Jabari Henry followed with an RBI single that cut the Saints lead to 2-1.  With runners at first and second and one out Esch got Maxx Garrett on a comebacker and, with runners at second and third, Burt Reynolds grounded out to end the inning.  Esch went 6.0 innings allowing one run on five hits while walking three and striking out three.


          In the seventh Ken Frosch began the inning and got Mike Hart to pop out, but then gave up a line drive single off the tip of the glove of Gould.  Frosch walked Gretz, but got Chris Grayson to fly out to right.  Tsamis went out and got Frsoch for right-hander Beck Wheeler.  He struck out Schmidt to end the inning.


          Wheeler went on to retire the side in order in the eighth and closer Tom Wilhelmsen closed it out in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.


          With the Saints leading 1-0 in the third Gould drilled a home run over the left field wall, his second of the season, making it 2-0 Saints.


          The Saints tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth as Noah Perio Jr. led off the inning with a walk.  With one out Brady Shoemaker singled to right putting runners at first and second.  A wild pitch advanced the runners and Richard Prigatano lined a two-run double into left-center giving the Saints a three-run advantage.  He finished the game 2-4 with a double and two RBI.


          Kes Carter’s career high 12-game hitting streak came to an end, but Josh Allen extended his career high hitting streak to 11 with a single in the fifth.


          The Saints begin a three-game series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Monday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Vinny Nittoli (3-1, 2.02) to the mound and the RedHawks are TBA.  It is Larry Doby Night.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.