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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Pushed Further Back In Division After 8-2 Loss To Goldeyes

ST. PAUL, MN August 15, 2017

The St. Paul Saints entered their four game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes knowing, at worst, they needed to take three out of four.  Now they will have to hope for a split after they managed just four hits in an 8-2 loss to the Goldeyes on Tuesday night at Shaw Park.  The loss dropped the Saints to 42-39 and 7.0 games behind the North leading Goldeyes with 18 games left.

 

          The highest scoring team in the American Association, averaging 6.2 runs a game, the Goldeyes got on the board first in the second when Reggie Abercrombie singled off the leg of pitcher Benji Waite.  With one out David Bergin singled Abercrombie to third and a sacrifice line out by Wes Darvill scored Abercrombie giving the Goldeyes a 1-0 lead.

 

          The Saints showed some fight in the third when they tied it up as Mitch Delfino singled with one out and Nate Hanson drove him home with a double to left-center.

 

          That would be one of the last positive moments for the Saints as the Goldeyes answered right back in the bottom of the inning. With runners at the corners and one out Josh Romanski made it 2-1 with an RBI single to left-center.  Abercrombie made it 3-1 with an RBI single to center.

 

          The Goldeyes tacked on three more in the fourth.  Waite led off the inning by hitting Bergin.  That was followed by a walk to Darvill which put runners on first and second.  With one out Jordan Ebert hit a slow grounder to short, JJ Gould charged and threw to second for the force out.  As Darvill slid into Tony Thomas at second, Thomas tried to hang onto the ball, but in the process of his throwing motion he lost control and the ball went into shallow right field allowing Bergin to score and making it 4-1.  Andrew Sohn then singled to put runners at first and second.  David Rohm followed with an RBI single making it 5-1 and the night was over for Waite.  Jeff Malm came out of the bullpen and gave up an RBI single to Romanski making it 6-1.  Waite went 3.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out two.  Malm pitched well after that not allowing a run on four hits in 2.1 innings of relief.

 

          The Saints got one hit after the third and it was a solo home run from Brady Shoemaker in the sixth, his 18th of the season, which made it 6-2.  After the home run the final 10 Saints were retired.

 

          The Goldeyes tagged new Saints reliever, Ivan Vieitez, for two runs in his two innings as the first batter he faced, Bergin, hit a solo homer to left, his 19th of the season, in the seventh to make it 7-2.

 

          In the eighth Abercrombie hit a solo homer to left-center, his 16th of the season.

 

          The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.  The Saints are TBA while the Goldeyes send RHP Charle Rosario (8-5, 3.45) to the mound.  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.