Saints Season Ends With 3-1 Loss In Game 5 of Division SeriesST. PAUL, MN September 12, 2016
The St. Paul Saints couldn’t figure out Mikey O’Brien, showed some life in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 3-1 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes at CHS Field on Monday night in front of 2,445. The Saints lost the best-of-five series 3-2.
The Goldeyes jumped on Mark Hamburger immediately in the first inning when Adam Heisler took the first pitch of the game and doubled off the wall in straightaway center. He moved to third on a groundout by Maikol Gonzalez and scored on an RBI single by Willie Cabrera to give the Goldeyes a 1-0 lead.
In the third the Goldeyes would get their last two runs of the game, which proved to be enough. Once again Heisler led off the inning with a double to right-center. Gonzalez laid down a sacrifice bunt that Hamburger fielded, but second baseman Tanner Vavra, covering first, had the ball hit off his glove and go into shallow right field. That allowed Heisler to score and sent Gonzalez to second giving the Goldeyes a 2-0 lead. With one out Reggie Abercrom dropped a bloop single into right that scored Gonzalez and gave the Goldeyes a 3-0 lead. Hamburger went 7.1 innings allowing three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out eight.
The Goldeyes starter O’Brien retired the first 11 men in the game before a two out double by Tony Thomas in the fourth, but David Bergin grounded out to first to end the inning.
In the fifth Nate Hanson and Angelo Songco led off with back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second. Tony Caldwell then lined one to third that was snagged by Wes Darvill and he doubled up Hanson at second. Tanner Vavra followed with a single to right putting runners at first and third, but Breland Almadova grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
In the seventh O’Brien would walk Hanson and Songco with one out, but Caldwell struck out and Vavra flew out to end the inning. O’Brien went 7.0 scoreless allowing four hits while walking two and striking out seven.
In the eighth Victor Capellan came on in relief and gave up a one out single to Alonzo Harris. Brady Burzynski would strike out for out number two. Harris stole second, but Thomas struck out to end the inning. The Saints finished the series 6-51 with runners in scoring position.
In the ninth, against the Goldeyes closer Winston Abreu, Bergin led off the inning by striking out. Hanson then drilled a solo homer to left, his first of the series. He finished the series 10-18. Songco drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Abreu, however, would strike out Caldwell looking and get pinch hitter Vinny DiFazio to strike out swinging to end the game.