Saints Beat Up On Goldeyes 12-6 Shields Improves To 9-0ST. PAUL, MN July 20, 2015
SAINTS BEAT UP ON GOLDEYES 12-6 AS SHIELDS IMPROVES TO 9-0
ST. PAUL, MN (July 20, 2015) – The St. Paul Saints collected at least 12 hits for the sixth straight game, but it was what Jeff Shields did on the mound that proved to be the turning point in the game as the Saints beat up on the Winnipeg Goldeys 12-6 on Monday night at CHS Field in front of 7,903. They improved to 43-13 and now lead the North Division by 18.5 games.
With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the third Alonzo Harris and Willie Argo reached on back-to-back infield singles. Vinny DiFazio then smashed a ball to center that Reggie Abercrombie couldn’t come up with as the ball glanced off his glove for a two-run double to make it 2-1. DiFazio finished 4-4 with four RBI and a run scored improving his league best batting average to .383.
The turning point in the game, however, came in the fourth. The Goldeyes loaded the bases with nobody out on an infield single by Casey Haerther, a walk to Abercrombie and a bunt single to Brad Boyer. Shields got out of it without allowing a run. Josh Mazzola flew out to shallow left for the first out. Nic Jackson hit a liner to second that Dan Kaczrowski caught and threw to second for the inning ending double play.
The Saints used that momentum in the bottom half of the inning as Joey Paciorek singled with one out. Anthony Phillips reached on a fielder’s choice when his grounder to short was thrown errantly to second by Casio Grider allowing Paciorek to slide in safely. Ryan Lashley followed the miscue with a two-run double to make it 4-1. After a single by Dan Kaczrowski put runners at the corners Alonzo Harris made it 5-1 with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth the Saints added two more when DiFazio was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Angelo Songco to make it 6-1. With one out Joey Paciorek singled home Songco to make it 7-1.
That was more than enough for Shields who went 6.0 innings allowing two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. He improved to 9-0 and is one of only four starters in the American Association undefeated and has the most wins among the four.
All nine Saints starters collected at least one hit and scored a run while seven of the nine starters had at least one RBI.
The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The Saints send RHP Dustin Crenshaw (8-1, 1.81) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Kyle Anderson (1-4, 6.28). It is the 40th Anniversary Celebration of SNL. The Saints will attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Record for Largest Pillow Fight which is currently 4,201 set at a Super 8 Motel in Brookings, South Dakota in 2014. Everyone in attendance will receive a MyPillow. Har Mar Superstar will also be in attendance to sing a couple of songs. 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.