Saints Take Eighth Straight Series In Gritty 5-4 Victory Over GoldeyesST. PAUL, MN June 17, 2015
SAINTS TAKE EIGHTH STRAIGHT SERIES IN GRITTY 5-4 WIN OVER GOLDEYES
ST. PAUL, MN (June 17, 2015) – The St. Paul Saints were the walking wounded on Wednesday morning at Shaw Park. With three regulars out of the lineup and a bullpen that was taxed the last two days the Saints gutted out a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes to win their eighth series in eight tries and improve to 22-4 on the season going 5-2 on the roadtrip.
With Mike Kvasnicka on the disabled list and Willie Argo and Anthony Phillips not playing because they are banged up the Saints had to rely on others to contribute. In the first, however, it was the hottest hitter in the league coming through. Alonzo Harris led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a double by Vinny DiFazio. It tied a record for DiFazio who now has an RBI in seven straight games. DiFazio collected his second straight four-hit game and went 4-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
The Goldeyes would tie it in the bottom of the first when Kramer Sneed walked two and gave up an RBI single to Josh Mazzola to make it 1-1.
In the second the Saints got contributions from a couple of guys at the bottom of the order. With one out Joey Paciorek reached on an infield single and he moved to second on a single by Steve Nikorak. With two outs Harris came through with an RBI single to make it 2-1. Harris finished the day 4-4 with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.
With the Saints leading 3-1 in the fifth the newest member of the Saints would collect his first professional hit and RBI. DiFazio led off with a single and Ian Gac walked. After a deep fly ball to center by Angelo Songco advanced the runners up to second and third, Mike Schultz, a Bethel University graduate in his first professional game, looped a single into center scoring DiFazio to give the Saints a 4-1 lead. Paciorek added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.
Sneed was cruising for the Saints until the sixth when he walked Nic Jackson with two outs. Mazzola followed with a two-run homer, his third of the season and second in as many days, to make it 5-3. Sneed would give up a double to Jon Weber and was lifted from the game for Mike Zouzalik. He retired Luis Alen to end the inning. Sneed went 5.2 innings allowing three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out one.
Zouzalik was incredible out of the bullpen going 2.1 hitless innings, walking one and striking out three.
In the ninth, with closer Ryan Rodebaugh not available because he pitched 2.0 innings the night before, Mikey Mehlich came on to close it out. He gave up a leadoff double to Weber. With two outs Ramon Ortega singled home Weber to make it a one run game. Brady Wilson then dropped a fly ball double down the right field line to put runners at second and third. Mehlich, however, would get Adam Heisler to ground out to third to end the game.
The Saints are off on Thursday and return home on Friday night to begin a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore Railcats at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send LHP Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 3.86) to the mound. It is Xcel Energy Friday Night fireworks with musical theme of Jazz Fest. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.