Getting to CHS Field

Saints Bested By Dogs 9-3

ST. PAUL, MN August 31, 2019

The St. Paul Saints knew they didn’t want to go into Impact Field needing to win any games to get in the playoffs.  It’s a good thing they clinched at home on Friday night.  For the fourth time in four games in Rosemont, the Saints were beat up on by the Chicago Dogs, losing 9-3 on Saturday night.  With the loss, and a win by the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, the Saints are tied for the North Division lead with the RedHawks with two games to play.  The Saints hold the tiebreaker and the winner of the division will get to choose if they want to host Games 1 and 2 or Games 3-5 of the North Division Series.  The Saints are now 62-36 on the season.

          The teams traded home runs early with Brady Shoemaker crushing his 18th of the season in the first, a solo shot to right, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead.

          In the bottom of the second the Dogs tied it up when Mitchell Kranson blasted a solo shot to right, his second of the season, tying the game at one.

          The Saints regained the lead against Dogs starter Carlos Zambrano in the third.  Dan Motl led off the inning with a double and Michael Lang singled him to third.  A wild pitch scored Motl giving the Saints a 2-1 lead.  A walk to Brady Shoemaker put runners at first and second with nobody out.  John Silviano would ground into a double play that sent Lang to third.  Jabari Henry would come up with an RBI double giving the Saints a two-run cushion at 3-1.

          In the bottom of the inning, however, Saints starter Eddie Medina ran into trouble that he couldn’t get out of when he gave up a leadoff single to Brett Milazzo followed by a ground rule double from Edwin Arroyo.  Medina was able to get Keon Barnum to hit a hot smash to first that Silviano short hopped, held the runners and recorded the out at first.  Medina would hit Victor Roache to load the bases which brought up Jordan Dean.  He crushed a grand slam to left, his 15th of the season, putting the Dogs up for good at 5-3.  A walk to Trey Vavra and, with two outs, back-to-back singles, the latter by Tony Rosselli, gave the Dogs a 6-3 lead and chased Medina.  He went 4.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits while walking five and striking out four.

          The Dogs added three insurance runs in the eighth when reliever Todd Van Steensel walked Milazzo with one out.  A single by Arroyo and a walk to Barnum loaded the bases.  That brought up Roache who also walked to force in a run making it 7-3.  Vavra added a two-run single to finish off the scoring.

          The same two teams play game two of the three game series at Impact Field on Sunday night at 6:05 p.m.  The Saints send LHP Jordan Jess (6-1, 4.02) to the mound against Dogs LHP Austin Wright (7-7, 4.15).  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.