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Saints Fall Out Of First Place For Time Since June 6, Lose 10-1

ST. PAUL, MN July 17, 2017

The St. Paul Saints swept the Winnipeg Goldeyes in a four game series from June 22-25.  They led the North Division by 7.0 games after that sweep and held onto that exact lead when July began.  Since then they have won just six games and the Goldeyes have lost just six games.  On Monday night at Shaw Park the Saints continued their downward spiral as they lost to the Goldeyes 10-1. By virtue of the loss the Saints are 1.0 game out of first place for the first time since June 6.


          The Goldeyes, the second highest scoring team in the league, had scored double-digit runs in four of their last six games. They wasted little time showing the Saints how hot they’ve been over that time.  In the first they sent nine men to the plate and the first six batters reached before the first out was recorded by starter Ryan Zimmerman.  Zimmerman, who set an American Association record by hitting five batters in his last start, began Monday night by hitting leadoff man Andrew Sohn.  David Rohm bounced a single up the middle sending Sohn to third.  Josh Romanski made it 1-0 Goldeyes by slapping a single through the left side.  Reggie Abercrombie made it 3-0 with a two-run double to left-center.  Back-to-back walks to Shawn Pleffner and David Bergin, who has now reached base safely in 39 straight games, loaded the bases.  Wes Darvill and Mason Katz made it 5-0 with sacrifice flies.


          In the second Sohn led off with a single to right and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  With one out Romanski and Abercrombie walked to load the bases.  Pleffner made it 6-0 with a sacrifice fly and Romanski went to third.  Bergin’s single off the glove of a diving Nate Hanson at third scored Romanski to make it 7-0.


          The Goldeyes added three more in the fifth with one swing of the bat.  Bergin and Darvill led off with back-to-back singles.  Mason Katz drilled a three-run homer to right-center, his ninth of the season, to make it 10-0.  The 10 runs issued by Zimmerman was one shy of the Saints franchise record of 11 set by three pitchers: Jake Whitney (2004), Rich Cartier (2005) and Mike Meyer (2006).  Zimmerman went 5.0 innings allowing 10 runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out one.


          The Saints lone run of the game came in the eighth on a Brady Shoemaker solo home run, his 14th of the season.  Goldeyes starter Edwin Carl went 7.2 innings allowing one run on six hits while walking four and striking out three.


          Saints reliever Ken Frosch was sharp in his 2.0 innings of scoreless of relief, hitting a batter, and striking out one.  Breland Almadova, who came off the inactive list prior to the game, had his 12-game hitting streak come to an end, but he also pitched a scoreless inning of relief allowing one hit.  The only other time Almadova pitched in a game was also against the Goldeyes on July 19, 2016 when he threw a scoreless inning.


          The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night at Shaw Park at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (9-1, 3.04) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Kevin McGovern (7-2, 2.31).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.