Saints Manage Two Hits In 9-3 Loss To GoldeyesST. PAUL, MN August 18, 2016
Alonzo Harris led off the game with a solo homer to left, but they wouldn’t collect another hit until the seventh, losing 9-3 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Thursday morning at Shaw Park. The Saints lost three of four in the series and four of the five games played, dropped to 55-29 on the season and saw their lead in the North Division fall to 4.5 games.
Harris took a 2-0 pitch by Mikey O’Brien and crushed it over the left field wall, his 13th homer of the season and first since July 12, to make it 1-0. With two outs Trever Adams was hit by a pitch, but that would be the last base runner for the Saints until the seventh.
O’Brien, who entered 9-4 with a 4.64 ERA, retired 17 in a row until a one out walk in the seventh to Adams. With two outs Tony Caldwell blasted a two-run homer to left, his 11th of the season, which made it 7-3 at the time. The Saints wouldn’t get another base runner as O’Brien went 7.0 innings allowing three runs on two hits while walking one and striking out three. The Saints were retired in order in seven of the nine innings.
Dan Johnson, who got the start for the Saints, had allowed just one run in his last 18.2 innings, started off by retiring the side in order in the first. After walking Reggie Abercrombie to start the second, Abercrombie stole second and moved to third on a single by David Rohm. Johnson would get Casio Grider to hit a soft liner to second and then struck out Wes Darvill. Johnson then went 1-2 to Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, but a knuckleball skirted past catcher Aaron Gretz allowing Abercrombie to score tying the game at one. Hoopii-Haslam hit the next pitch for a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, to make it 3-1 Goldeyes.
In the third Adam Heisler singled, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Maikol Gonzalez. Back-to-back walks to Josh Romanski and Abercrombie loaded the bases. Rohm made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly.
The big play came in the fifth when the Goldeyes once again loaded the bases with two outs. Heisler led off by being hit by a pitch and moved to second on an infield single by Gonzalez. The Goldeyes tried to pull off a double steal, but Gretz threw out Heisler at third. Romanski walked and, after a strikeout of Abercrombie, Rohm walked to load the bases. Grider then hit a fly ball to center, but Harris came in on it, then realized the ball was over his head, but by the time he went back it was too late and it dropped in for a bases clearing double to make it 7-1 Goldeyes. Johnson went 5.0 innings allowing seven runs on five hits while walking five and striking out four.
The Saints begin a three game series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Both teams are TBA. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.