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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Set Single-Season Franchise Home Run Record In 8-3 Loss

ST. PAUL, MN August 22, 2017

All season long the St. Paul Saints have used the long ball to spark rallies.  On Tuesday night they hit three-home runs to set a new single-season franchise record, with 107, but it wasn’t enough in an 8-3 loss to the Wichita Wingnuts, who by virtue of the victory clinched the South Division, at CHS Field in front of 8,018.  The Saints dropped to 45-43 and fell 8.0 games behind Winnipeg in the North Division and 4.5 games behind the Gary SouthShore Railcats in the Wild Card with 12 games remaining.


          With the Saints trailing 3-0 in the second Tony Thomas blasted his first home run of the night, and 16th of the season, a solo shot making it 3-1.


          Thomas came calling again in the fourth, a towering solo home run to left, his second of the night and 17th of the season, which cut the Saints deficit to 4-2.  The home run was the 106th of the season for the Saints tying their franchise mark from a season ago.


          In the sixth, with the Saints trailing 5-2, former Major Leaguer Dan Johnson clubbed his third home run in as many nights, a solo blast to right-center, that broke the franchise record and got the Saints to within 5-3.  The Saints used three solo home runs to get their only runs of the night.


          The Wingnuts, who needed just a win or Cleburne loss to clinch their seventh straight division title, jumped on Saints starter Jason Hoppe in the first inning.  Christian Stringer led off the game with a triple to left-center and scored on a single from Martin Medina to make it 1-0 Wingnuts.  With one out TJ Mittelstaedt singled to left-center moving Medina to second.  With two outs back-to-back RBI singles by Zac Fisher and Brennen Salgado made it 3-0.


          In the third, with the Wingnuts leading 3-1, Mittelstaedt doubled to center and scored on an RBI single from Richard Prigatano making it 4-1.


          In the sixth with the Wingnuts leading 4-2 Prigatano hit a solo homer to left-center, his seventh of the season, making it 5-2.


          With the Saints trailing 5-3 in the ninth the Wingnuts put the game out of reach with a three-run ninth against reliever Ivan Vieitez.  Leo Vargas led off with a single and moved to third on a single from Tyler Sullivan.  Sullivan stole second, and with one out, Medina’s ground out scored Vargas to make it 6-1.  An RBI single by Brent Clevlen and an RBI double from Mittelstaedt finished the scoring and sent the Wingnuts to the Division title.


          The same two teams meet in game three of the four game series on Wednesday night at CHS Field.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (12-6, 3.71) to the mound against Wingnuts RHP Tim Brown (3-3, 7.75).  It is the final Silver Anniversary Celebration bobblehead giveaway with the first 1,500 fans receiving a Darryl Strawberry bobblehead.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.