Saints Tie Three Franchise Records As Hamburger Hurls Three-Hit Complete Game Shutout In 16-0 VictoryST. PAUL, MN July 25, 2016
Mark Hamburger had history on his right arm Monday night at CHS Field in front of 8,008. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth, settled for a complete game three-hit shutout, tying the franchise record for complete games in a season and career, as his team tied the franchise record for widest margin of victory with a 16-0 win over the Sioux City Explorers. The Saints improved to 43-20 on the season.
Despite scoring 16 runs the story from the beginning was Hamburger who improved to a perfect 11-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.51. He retired the first 11 batters he faced before hitting Nate Samson with two outs in the fourth. He got Tommy Mendonca to fly out to left to end the inning.
In the sixth Hamburger got Ino Patron to ground out to first and Matt Koch to hit a lazy fly ball to right for the first two outs of the inning. A battle of former Major Leaguers followed as former Cincinnati Red Derrick Robinson stepped in against Hamburger. On the first pitch of the at bat Robinson lined a single to center to break up the no-hitter. Michael Lang then reached on a throwing error by third baseman Tanner Vavra, but Vavra made up for the error on the very next hitter. Samson hit a smash down the third base line that Vavra dove for, knocked down, and kept in the infield preventing a run from scoring and loading the bases with two outs. Hamburger got Mendonca to fly out to center to end the inning.
Hamburger retired the next eight hitters and gave up a two-out bloop single in the ninth to Mendonca, but finished off the complete game shutout by getting Tim Colwell to ground out to first to end the game. Hamburger tossed his third career complete game shutout, and his second three-hit complete game shutout, while striking out four. It was his fifth complete game of the season, tying his own franchise record from 2013, which Dustin Crenshaw equaled last year. It was also his 10th complete game with the Saints tying Charlie Ruud’s (2005-09) record. Ruud started 79 games in his career, while Hamburger started his 34th on Monday.
The Saints offense pounded out 18 hits, with four doubles and five home runs, en route to their 16 runs. They scored in every inning, but the fourth and eight of the nine Saints collected at least one hit, with five of nine having a multi-hit game including five by outfielder Brady Burzynski. It was the first five hit game since Henry Wrigley on June 1, 2014 at the New Jersey Jackals. It was the first five hit game by a Saints player at home since Argelis Nunez did it on August 9, 2011 at Midway Stadium.
The Saints got a three-run home run from Tony Caldwell as part of a four run first. It was his first of the game and eighth of the season.
With the Saints up 5-0 in the third Angelo Songco and Trever Adams hit back-to-back home runs to start of the inning, their 13th and second respectively, to make it 7-0. Burzynski made it 9-0 with a two-run double. Burzynski collected two doubles, two RBI, scored three runs and stole two bases as he went 5-6.
In the fifth Caldwell went deep again with a solo homer to left, his ninth of the season to make it 10-0. Breland Almadova added an RBI single in the inning to make it 11-0.
With the Saints up 13-0 in the seventh Adams went deep for the second time on the night, a solo shot to right-center, his third of the season, to make it 14-0. Adams finished the game 3-5 with a double, two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored.
The Saints finished the scoring in the eighth with an RBI ground out by Almadova and an RBI single from Tony Thomas.
It was the fourth time in franchise history the Saints have won a game 16-0 and the sixth time they’ve won a game by 16 runs, the last time was an 18-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore Railcats at U.S. Steel Yard last season on July 31.
The same two teams meet in the second game of the three game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The Saints send LHP Eric Veglahn (2-3, 5.11) to the mound against Explorers LHP James Walsh (2-2, 7.22). It is the Toilet Paper Drive presented by Innovative Office Solutions. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB and inside the ballpark on 87.9 FM.