Saints Blanked For First Time This Season, Lose Game 1 of Doubleheader 4-0ST. PAUL, MN August 17, 2016
For the first time this season the St. Paul Saints were blanked as they managed just two hits against Kevin McGovern of the Winnipeg Goldeyes in a 4-0 loss in game one of a doubleheader at Shaw Park on Wednesday evening. The Saints have lost six straight to the Goldeyes, dating back to June 26, and dropped to 54-28 on the season. Their lead in the North is down to 4.5 games.
The Saints failed to get a base runner through the first three innings before Alonzo Harris walked to lead off the fourth. Tanner Vavra sacrificed him to second, but McGovern struck out Tony Thomas and got Dan Johnson to fly out to center.
In the fifth Bryson Myles broke up the no-hitter with a two out single over the leaping Maikol Gonzalez at short. Myles was subsequently picked off as he took off for second and McGovern threw over and Myles was tagged out in the rundown.
In the sixth the Saints got their lone baserunner to second when Harris was hit by a pitch with two outs and Tanner Vavra singled to center, but McGovern got Thomas to fly out to deep left to end the inning. McGovern hurled the 7.0 inning complete game shutout allowing two hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Saints starter Eric Veglahn pitcher well, but he made two costly mistakes that left the ballpark. In the second Casio Grider hit a solo homer to left, his ninth of the season, to give the Goldeyes a 1-0 lead.
Veglahn retired seven in a row until a leadoff walk to Grider in the sixth. Wes Darvill sacrificed him to second and Carlton Tanabe singled Grider home to make it 2-0. With two outs Josh Romanski continued his hot ways against the Saints with a two-run opposite field home run to left, his ninth of the season, to make it 4-0. Veglahn earned the 6.0 inning complete game allowing four runs on three hits while walking three and striking out two.