Shields Dazzles With Complete Game Shutout As Saints Sweep Double Header, Win Game Two 4-0ST. PAUL, MN July 16, 2014
SHIELDS DAZZLES WITH COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT AS SAINTS SWEEP DOUBLE HEADER WIN GAME 2 4-0
WINNIPEG, MB (July 16, 2014) – With five games in three days and 15 in the next 13 days the St. Paul Saints know how important it is to get solid starting pitching to save their bullpen. Saints starter Jeff Shields made sure the bullpen could take a game off throwing his second career complete game shutout, tossing a five-hitter as the Saints won game two of the double header 4-0 over the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Wednesday night at Shaw Park. The Saints earned the sweep of the double dip and now trail the Goldeyes by just 3.5 games for first in the division.
Shields wasn’t alone on the night getting superb help from his defense. In the first with Brock Bond at first and one out, Bond tried to steal second. Dwight Childs, whose throw nearly smacked Shields in the side of the face, fired a perfect one hope strike to second erasing Bond. That was important because Casey Haerther followed with a double, but he was left stranded when Shields got Jake Blackwood to line out to center on a leaping catch by Jared McDonald.
In the third with Luis Alen on at first and two outs Bond hit a sinking liner to center that McDonald made a fantastic sliding catch on to end the inning.
Finally, in the fourth, Donnie Webb doubled with two outs, but he would go no further as shortstop Joey Becker made a great leaping catch on a liner hit by Reggie Abercrombie to end the inning.
Shields retired the final eight batters he faced and went 7.0 innings allowing five hits while striking out three. His only other complete game shutout was last season with Trois Rivieres Aigles when he tossed a 9.0 innings six-hit shutout against the Newark Bears on June 29.
The Saints got Shields all the offense he would need in the third. McDonald singled to center with one out. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Devin Thaut knocked him home with a single to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth Evan Bigley walked, stole second and moved to third on a fly out by Henry Wrigley. Angelo Songco’s RBI double made it 2-0.
The Saints added their final two runs in the sixth. Wrigley singled and stole second. With two outs Joe Bonfe was intentionally walked and Becker reached on a walk to load the bases. McDonald came through with a two-run single. He finished 2-3 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.
Sam Maus reached on a walk in the seventh and extended his consecutive games streak of reaching base safely to 19.
The same two teams meet in the finale of the four game series, but five games in three days, on Thursday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (4-4, 6.75) to the mound against Goldeyes RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (3-0, 4.55). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.