Saints Bring Out The Brooms And Sweep Four Game Series From Railcats 10-5ST. PAUL, MN May 22, 2016
The St. Paul Saints offense is doing its part early in the 2016 season. For the second straight night they put up a couple of big crooked numbers and scored double-digit runs as they took down the Gary SouthShore Railcats 10-5 on Sunday evening at CHS Field in front of 7,821 to complete a four game sweep. The Saints broke their attendance record for a four game series by drawing 32,652 surpassing last year’s 31,764 in the opening homestand.
For the third straight night the Saints scored multiple runs in the first. Alonzo Harris began his big night with a single to left-center. With Harris running Almadova single to right to put runners at the corners. The Saints then pulled off a double steal as Almadova swiped second and on the throw down to second Harris broke for home and scored easily to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Willie Argo then followed with a walk. With two outs Tony Thomas and Mike Gilmartin added back-to-back RBI singles to make it 3-0.
The Saints blew the game open in the fourth courtesy of two, three-run homers. Mike Gilmartin led off with a single and, with one out, Tanner Vavra walked. Harris then deposited one over the left field wall for a three-run homer, his first of the year, to make it 6-0. Harris tied a career high with four RBI and finished the night 3-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. After two walks with two outs the Railcats brought in reliever Kevin Osaki. He was promptly greeted by a three-run shot by Nate Hanson, his second of the season, to make it 9-0.
Saints starter John Straka, a Chaska native who came over in a trade from Sioux City on Monday, cruised through the first four innings without allowing a hit. In the fifth Tillman Pugh broke up the no-hitter with a solo homer to left to make it 9-1. The next three hitters reached on a single, a walk and a single, to load the bases. With two outs Matt Hibbert made it 9-2 with a bloop single to center and that was followed by a Jeremy Hamilton bloop two-run single to make it 9-4. Straka went 5.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six.
The Saints finished their scoring in the fifth when Gilamrtin and Tony Caldwell walked. They moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Vavra. Harris singled home Gilmartin to make it 10-4.
The Railcats picked up an unearned run in the eight to end the scoring for the night.
The Saints head out on the road for the first time this season and head to Sioux Falls Stadium to take on the Sioux Falls Canaries in a three game series. Game one is Monday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints are TBA and the Canaries send RHP Stephen Bougher (NR). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.