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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Tune Up For Regular Season With 10-0 Exhibition Win Over St. Croix Valley All-Stars

ST. PAUL, MN May 13, 2017

The St. Paul Saints traveled 30 miles east for their annual barnstorming game against a townball All-Star team.  The Saints took advantage of seven miscues and got stellar pitching from four different pitchers as they took down the St. Croix Valley All-Stars 10-0 at First National Bank of River Falls Field on Saturday evening in front of a sellout crowd of more than 2,000.


          Saints ace Mark Hamburger got the start and went 5.0 scoreless innings allowing five hits while walking one and striking out eight.  The closest the St. Croix Valley All-Star team came to scoring a run occurred in the third inning.  With one out Clint Kempf singled.  With two outs Blake Berger doubled to the wall in left-center, but a perfect relay throw was able to erase Kempf at the plate.


          Saints pitchers retired the final 18 batters they faced from the fourth inning until the end of the game.  Along with Hamburger, Caleb Thielbar who joined the team as a non-roster invitee on Friday tossed 2.0 perfect innings of relief while striking out four.


          In the eighth Benji Waite worked a perfect inning while fanning two.  Corey Williams closed it out in the ninth getting two fly outs and a strikeout.


          The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the second pitch of the game when Danny Oh deposited one over the right field wall.


          In the third Breland Almadova led off with a single and moved to second when Nate Hanson was hit by a pitch.  A single from Brady Shoemaker loaded the bases.  Tony Thomas knocked home a run with an RBI fielder’s choice and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt plated another run giving the Saints a 3-0 lead after three.


          The Saints made it 5-0 in the fifth when Kyle Roller singled with one out.  Anthony Gallas knocked him home with a double into the left field corner to make it 4-0 and Gallas advanced to third on the throw home that was dropped by the catcher.  The next hitter, Tony Caldwell, brought home Gallas with a sacrifice fly.


          The Saints would score a run in the sixth and two each in the seventh and eighth to put the finishing touches on the evening.


          The Saints are off on Sunday and will resume exhibition play on Monday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  The two teams will also play on Tuesday morning at CHS Field at 11:00 a.m.


          The regular season begins on Thursday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Gary SouthShore Railcats at CHS Field.