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Saints Offense Continues Hot Hitting Ways, Thump Goldeyes 13-7

ST. PAUL, MN June 23, 2017

The St. Paul Saints have scored the second most runs in the American Association.  After scoring 10 unanswered to end the game Thursday night the Saints scored the first nine on Friday night.  They put up double-digit runs for the second straight game, the ninth time in 34 games they’ve scored 10 or more, as they took down the Winnipeg Goldeyes 13-7 at CHS Field in front of 9,042.  The win improved the Saints to a league tying best 23-11 and they increased their lead over the Goldeyes to 5.0 games in the North Division.


          It took the Saints two innings to get it going on Friday night and it started when Brady Shoemaker led off the second with a walk.  Anthony Gallas followed with a two-run blast to left, his fifth of the season, to make it 2-0.  With one out Maxx Garrett walked and Jon Kristoffersen doubled him home to make it 3-0.  Two batters later it was 4-0 as Danny Oh singled home Kristoffersen.


          In the third the Saints tacked on two more with their second home run of the night.  Shoemaker singled to right and, with two outs, Tony Thomas went opposite field with a two-run homer to right, his second in as many games and eighth of the season, to make it 6-0.


          In the fifth the Saints sent nine men to the plate and Nate Hanson got it started with a one out infield single to short.  Shoemaker was hit by a pitch and Gallas doubled home Hanson to make it 7-0.  Gallas finished the night 2-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and three runs scored.  An intentional walk to Thomas loaded the bases and Garrett singled off the glove of a backhanded try by the third baseman Wes Darvill, scoring Shoemaker, to make it 8-0.  Two batters later Tanner Vavra made it 9-0 with an RBI single.  For his second straight start the Saints roughed up Goldeyes pitcher Edwin Carl who lasted 5.0 innings allowing nine runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out six.  The have scored 15 runs (14 earned) off of him in 10.0 innings this season.


          With the Saints leading 9-2 in the sixth they put the game away with a four run inning, sending nine men to the plate for the second straight inning.  Shoemaker got it going with a solo homer to right, his seventh of the season, to make it 10-2.  Shoemaker finished the night 2-2 with a home run, RBI and a career tying high four runs scored.  Gallas followed with a routine fly ball to right-center, but as center fielder Reggie Abercrombie went to catch the ball David Rohm bumped into Abercrombie and the ball was knocked out of Abercrombie’s glove for an error.  The Saints capitalized as Thomas and Garrett walked to load the bases.  Kristoffersen added a two-run single and Vavra an RBI single to make it 13-2.  Kristoffersen finished 2-5 with a double and a career high three RBI while Vavra was 2-4 with two RBI.


          Newly signed outfielder Ben Beurkle collected his first professional hit in his first professional at bat, an infield single in the eighth when he pinch hit for Shoemaker.


          Saints starter Jason Creasy was solid going 7.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five to pick up his fourth win of the season.


The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (5-1, 2.97) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Zack Dodson (2-1, 4.85).  It is the second Silver Anniversary Celebration with a special Kevin Millar/Bill Murray bobblehead, presented by CHS, to the first 2,000 fans through the gates.  A handful of members of the 1993 team, the first in franchise history, will be in attendance, including Millar.  He is scheduled to play in the game.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on BOB FM.