Saints Pitch Their Way To Ninth Consecutive Victory 3-1 Over CanariesST. PAUL, MN June 5, 2015
SAINTS PITCH THEIR WAY TO NINTH STRAIGHT VICTORY 3-1 OVER CANARIES
ST. PAUL, MN (June 5, 2015) – The highest scoring team in the American Association, the St. Paul Saints, were silenced from the fourth inning on. Failing to get a hit after the third, however, wasn’t enough to end their winning streak which climbed to nine, the second longest single-season win streak in franchise history, with a 3-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Friday night at CHS Field in front of 8,020. They are now 13-1, the best start in franchise history.
The Saints entered play the number one scoring team in the league, 27 runs more than the next closest team, and a .302 average, 11 points higher than the Laredo Lemurs. The offense was kept at bay most of the night, but the pitching staff continued to dazzle. Saints starter Pedro Hernandez was magnificent tossing 6.0 solid innings allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out five. He threw 101 pitches, 65 for strikes. He left the game with the Saints up two runs and turned it over to the bullpen. Mike Zouzalik tossed 1.2 shutout innings while Alex Sogard retired the only batter he faced, striking out left-handed hitter Richard Stork in the eighth.
In the ninth the Canaries put the tying runs aboard against closer Ryan Rodebaugh, when Jason Repko reached on an infield single and Tyler Shover singled him to third. With two strikes RJ Perucki hit a sinking liner to right, but Mike Kvasnicka made a head first sliding grab to end the game.
The Saints scored all the runs they would need in the first. Alonzo Harris led off with a walk. Sam Maus sacrificed him to second and Willie Argo knocked home Harris to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. After Ian Gac was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second, Kvasnicka hit a grounder to third. The Canaries forced Gac at second, but his hard slide caused second baseman Michael Wing to throw the ball into the dugout allowing Argo to score giving the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The Saints made it 3-0 in the third when Argo led off with a single and Gac doubled him to third. Kvasnicka’s RBI groundout made it 3-1. Argo finished the night 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Canaries scored their lone run in the sixth when Wing singled with two outs, stole second and scored on Richard Stock’s single.
The win is the ninth consecutive victory of the season, one shy of the longest winning streak in one season in franchise history, done June 17-28, 2007. The longest winning streak in franchise history is 12, done over two season’s from August 21-25, 2007 through May 8-15 of 2008.
The same two teams meet Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Dustin Crenshaw (3-0, 1.39) to the mound against Canaries RHP Brett Gerrtise (0-3, 5.51). The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive a towel courtesy of Treasure Island Resort and Casino. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, Cable Access Channels in the Twin Cities Area, and heard on Sports Radio 105 FM The Ticket.