Getting to CHS Field

A Sense Of Deja Vu, Saints Blow Second Three-Run Lead In Two Nights, Lose 9-8 In 11 To Goldeyes

ST. PAUL, MN June 24, 2018

Stop us if you’ve heard this before.  The St. Paul Saints carried a three-run lead into the seventh inning and couldn’t hold it.  The Saints left a runner on in all, but one inning.  And in the end the Saints lost by the same score they did on Friday night, 9-8 in 11 innings to the Winnipeg Goldeyes at CHS Field in front of 8,212.


          With the Saints leading 8-5 in the seventh Dave Sappelt led off for the Goldeyes with a double to left.  Josh Romanski followed with a single to right to put runners at the corners.  Reggie Abercrombie made it 8-6 with an RBI single to left-center.  Reliever Ryan Schlosser departed for the left-handed Ken Frosch to face the lefty Eric Aguilera. Frosch got him to foul out to third for the first out of the inning.  Frosch left the game for Beck Wheeler, but Andrew Sohn hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Romanski to make it 8-7.  A strikeout of Grant Heyman ended the inning.


          In the eighth, however, Tucker Nathans hit a two-out solo homer to left off of Wheeler, his third of the year, tying the game at eight.


          The Saints had an opportunity to win it in the ninth.  Justin O’Conner struck out, but the ball skipped past catcher Kevin Garcia.  Garcia went to the backstop, got the ball, but his throw to first went into right field allowing O’Conner to go all the way to second with nobody out.  The Saints, however, could not score him as Kes Carter flew out to left, Jake Smith flew out to center and Max Murphy grounded out to short.


          In the 11th the Saints gave up the go ahead run as Sappelt led off with a single to right-center.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and Romanski walked.  With one out Eric Aguilera ripped a single to right scoring Sappelt for the eventual winning run.


          The Goldeyes got on the board first in the second on a solo homer from Heyman, his seventh of the season, to make it 1-0.


          The Saints responded with two in the bottom of the inning as Dante Bichette Jr. led off with a double.  Richard Prigatano was hit by a pitch and Anthony Phillips sacrificed them over.  O’Conner tied the game with an RBI single to right-center and a Carter groundout scored Prigatano giving the Saints a 2-1 lead.


          In the third Murphy led off with a walk and stole second.  Brady Shoemaker made it 3-1 with an RBI single.


          The teams traded runs in the fourth as the Goldeyes got an RBI fielder’s choice from Andrew Sohn and the Saints got a solo homer from O’Conner, his seventh of the season.


          In the fifth, with the Saints up 4-2, the Goldeyes plated three to take the lead.  Garcia led off with a single to center.  With one out Sappelt and Romanski walked to load the bases.  An RBI infield single to third by Abercrombie made it 4-3.  Aguilera lined a single to right scoring Sappelt and Murphy bobbled the ball allowing Romanski to score, giving the Goldeyes a 5-4 lead.


          The Saints responded in the bottom of the inning as Shoemaker led off by reaching on an error by the second baseman Nathans.  Noah Perio Jr. walked and Bichette Jr. singled to left loading the bases with nobody out.  With one out Phillips knocked home a pair with a two-run single to center giving the Saints a 6-5 lead.


          In the sixth the Saints added two more as Jake Smith led off with a single to right-center.  With one out Shoemaker walked.  Perio Jr.’s single to right scored Smith to make it 7-5.  Bichette Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Saints an 8-5 lead.


          The Saints left a runner on in every inning, but the 10th and left a runner on in 18 consecutive innings dating back to Friday night’s game.  They left 14 men on, a night after leaving a nine inning franchise tying high 16 on base.


          The four hour and 11-minute game was the 34th four hour or longer game in franchise history and the Saints are now 15-19 in four hour plus games. 


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the four game series on Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m.  The Saints are TBA while the Goldeyes send RHP Edwin Carl (2-2, 5.93) to the mound.  We honor Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the first 1,000 fans receive a Minnesota Soybean Mini Truck.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.