Sneed Ties American Association Record With 15th Win As Saints Take Down Railcats 4-1ST. PAUL, MN September 3, 2015
SNEED TIES AMERICAN ASSOCIATION RECORD WITH 15th WIN AS SAINTS TAKE DOWN RAILCATS 4-1
ST. PAUL, MN(September 3, 2015) – Kramer Sneed etched his name into the history books as the left hander earned his 15th win of the season, to tie the American Association record, with a 4-1 victory over Gary in front of 7,603 at CHS Field Thursday night. It was the sixth win in a row for St. Paul who notched their 35th win of the season at CHS Field, surpassing the 2006 squad’s 34 home wins.
The Saints jumped out to an early lead on the Railcats ace, Charle Rosario, after notching a run in the second to get on the board first. Nate Hanson roped an RBI double to left center that gave the Saints the 1-0 lead.
The only real trouble for Sneed came in the third when the Saints extended the inning for the Railcats on a pair of plays that eventually led to the tying run crossing the plate for Gary. With one out, Sneed walked the nine spot hitter Jarred Mederos to give the Railcats just their second base runner of the ballgame. Then, with two away, Brennan Metzger reached on a catcher’s interference to keep the rally alive for the Railcats. Jose Sermo singled to left-center to tie the ballgame up one.
The Saints came out swinging in the fourth with Ian Gac reaching on a leadoff single to left before Joey Paciorek followed suit with a base hit to center. For the second time in as many at bats, it was Nate Hanson who pulled a double to left to drive in a run and give St. Paul a lead, this time 2-1. Anthony Phillips grounded out to second to drive in Paciorek and Alonzo Harris smacked an RBI double to left to make it 4-1.
Sneed exited the ballgame after 7.0 strong innings allowing one unearned run on four hits to go along with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Mike Zouzalik worked a perfect inning of relief in the eighth and Ryan Rodebaugh shut the door with a scoreless ninth inning as he worked around a leadoff hit to earn his league leading 25th save of the season in 27 chances. Sneed improved to 15-3 in likely his last start of the regular season to match the American Association record for wins set by Josh Lowey of Wichita in 2012.
The same two teams meet in the finale of a four game series on Friday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Jeff Shields (13-2, 2.97) to the mound against Railcats RHP Fernando Gonzalez (3-1, 3.97).The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB and seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities area, as well as online at saintsbaseball.com. Listeners at the ballpark can tune into 97.9 FM.