Getting to CHS Field

Saints Blanked For First Time This Season, Lose 2-0

ST. PAUL, MN June 1, 2019

The St. Paul Saints managed five hits and didn’t have a runner reach third.  For the first time this season they were shutout as they lost 2-0 to the Cleburne Railroaders on Saturday night at The Depot at Cleburne Station.

          Both starting pitchers were on their game, but it was the Railroaders who got all the offense they would need with the second batter of the game.  Zach Nehrir crushed a solo homer to left, through a cross wind, for his third homer of the season, to give the Railroaders a 1-0 lead.

          Saints starter Dustin Crenshaw settled in after that.  He gave up a leadoff double to Angel Rosa in the second, but retired the next six hitters.

          Crenshaw ran into a little trouble in the fourth, walking the leadoff hitter Chase Simpson before giving up a one out single to Rosa.  Crenshaw got Kenny Meimerstorf to line out to left and Hunter Clanin to ground out to end the inning.

          In the sixth, Crenshaw gave up a lead off single to Nehrir and a double to Simpson putting runners at second and third with nobody out.  After a strikeout to Jonathan Rodriguez, Rosa’s RBI groundout made it 2-0.  Crenshaw walked Meimerstorf and reliever Landon Beck took over after that.  Clanin lined a shot that appeared to be destined for right field, but Blake Schmit made a jumping grab to end the inning.  Crenshaw went 5.2 innings allowing  two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six.

          The Saints offense didn’t collect their first hit until two outs in the fourth when Brady Shoemaker extended his hitting streak to nine games with a line drive to center.  Burt Reynolds was then hit by a pitch, but Devon Rodriguez was robbed of a hit when Clanin made a head first diving grab to end the inning.

          The Saints managed a single from Jeremy Martinez in the sixth, a single by Rodriguez in the seventh, and a bunt single by Dan Motl in the eighth, none of those hitters, however, reached second.

          In the ninth, Brady Shoemaker reached on a throwing error by the third baseman Simspon with one out.  With two outs Rodriguez’ broken bat single to right put runners at first and second, but the game ended when Blake Schmit’s pop up landed in front of the second baseman Steve Nyisztor, who threw out Schmit at first.

          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. at The Depot at Cleburne Station.  The Saints send RHP Jake Matthys (1-1, 5.82) against Railroaders RHP Eudis Idrogo (1-0, 8.04).  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.