Saints Turn Triple Play, But Have First Ever Three Game Losing Streak At CHS Field, Lose 9-4 To CanariesST. PAUL, MN June 28, 2016
There are a lot of firsts in a ballpark that is just over a year old, but this is one the Saints aren’t going to enjoy: their first ever three game losing streak at CHS Field. For the fourth consecutive game the St. Paul Saints spotted their opponent a sizeable lead and for the third straight time they couldn’t overcome the early hole. The Saints gave up six stolen bases, committed a season tying high three errors and double-digit hits for the fourth consecutive game as they lost to the Sioux Falls Canaries 9-4 on Tuesday night at CHS Field in front of 8,006.
The Canaries jumped out to a 9-0 lead putting up crooked numbers in the third, fifth and sixth. In the third Blake Schmit singled and Darwin Perez singled him to third. Jake Taylor’s single to center scored Schmit and sent Perez to third. An errant throw by center fielder Alonzo Harris allowed Perez to score making it 2-0.
In the fifth the Canaries put up four runs as Schmit led off with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Aaron Gretz. Jake Taylor walked and he would steal second. David Bergin made it 4-0 with a two-run double. With two outs JC Linares hit a two-run homer to left, his first of the season, to make it 6-0.
In the sixth Ethan Chapman reached on a one out infield single to second. Schmit connected on his third hit of the night with a double to left putting runners at second and third. Perez knocked home two with a single to make it 8-0 and advanced to second on an error by Harris. With two outs Bergin made it 9-0 with an RBI single.
The Saints finally got on the board in the sixth when Nate Hanson singled and Angelo Songco walked. With two outs Willie Argo blasted a three-run homer to left, his fifth of the season, to make it 9-3.
The Saints major highlight came in the eighth when they turned the franchises second triple play. With runners at first and third and no outs Bergin hit a sinking liner to right that Christen slid and the umpires ruled he caught the ball. Christensen threw to first to double up Jake Taylor. Then with pitcher Gene Escat on the mound with the ball, the Saints appealed to third and it was ruled Perez left too early for the 9-3-1-5 triple play. The only other triple play came on July 31, 2012 at Midway Stadium against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks when the Saints turned a 6-4-3-2-5 triple play.
The six stolen bases by the Canaries were the most given up by the Saints since August 23, 2013 vs. Gary SouthShore Railcats.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday at CHS Field. The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (6-0, 3.19) to the mound against Canaries LHP Misael Severio (3-3, 5.83). It is a Midday Matinee. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.