Saints Get Second Walk-Off In Three Days, Phillips Wins It With Single In Ninth 3-2ST. PAUL, MN September 6, 2015
SAINTS GET SECOND WALK-OFF IN THREE DAYS, PHILLIPS WINS IT WITH SINGLE IN NINTH 3-2
ST. PAUL, MN (September 6, 2015) – If the atmosphere at CHS Field is anything like it was on Saturday night when Game 3 of the American Association Playoffs takes place a week from now, it will be epic. After not having one walk-off victory in their first 46 home games, the St. Paul Saints now have two in their least three games as Anthony Phillips singled up the middle with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Saints a 3-2 victory. The win was their 73rd of the season, tied for the second most in American Association history (the Sioux City Explorers broke the league record of 73 earlier this season and the Saints can’t catch them).
With the game tied at two in the ninth Ian Gac led off against Jackals hard throwing closer Hector Nelo with a single to center. Ryan Lashley laid down a bunt towards third, but he reached when third baseman Jared Schlehuber’s throw to first was high and second baseman Anthony Gomez had to jump to catch the ball and came off the bag. With runners at first and second Nate Hanson dropped down a bunt towards third. Schlehuber fielded it and fired to shortstop Peter Mooney, who was covering third, but the throw was a fraction late. That brought up Phillips and the Jackals brought their outfield and infield in. Phillips drew the count full and then promptly hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for the game winning single.
Saints starter Dustin Crenshaw was looking to join teammate Kramer Sneed and Sioux City starter Patrick Johnson at the 15 win mark, an American Association record. His lone blip came in the second when he walked just his seventh batter of the season with two outs. D’Vontrey Richardson made it 1-0 with an RBI double. Schlehuber gave the Jackals a 2-0 lead on an RBI single. Crenshaw went 7.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two.
Ryan Cavan provided the Saints all their offense until the ninth. In the fourth he collected the Saints first hit, a solo homer to right, his sixth of the season and second since joining the Saints, to make it 2-1.
In the fifth Hanson led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Phillips. Willie Argo was hit by a pitch and, with two outs, Cavan came to the plate. He looped a single into right-center scoring Hanson to tie the game at two. Cavan went 2-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.
The same two teams meet in the regular season finale on Monday morning at 11:05 a.m. The Saints are TBA while the Jackals send RHP Shawn Sanford (7-6, 3.34). It is Labor Day Kegs and Eggs game. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on 97.9 FM.