St. Thomas Grad, Eric Veglahn, Gets First Pro Win In 3-1 Victory Over RedHawksST. PAUL, MN July 7, 2016
Eric Veglahn pitched well enough in his first professional start to earn a victory, but his offense got him no run support. On Thursday night at Newman Outdoor Field he didn’t need much support because he dazzled all night long. The 22-year-old picked up his first professional victory tossing 7.2 impressive innings as the St. Paul Saints defeated the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks 3-1. The Saints improved to 33-15 on the season, best record in the American Association, and an 8.0 game lead over the second place RedHawks.
After a two hour and two minute rain delay to start the game Veglahn was never in trouble all night long. He retired the first four hitters he faced before giving up a one out single to Brian Humphries in the second. With two outs Humphries took off before Veglahn delivered the pitch and he wound up picking off Humphries to end the inning.
In the third Veglahn gave up a two-out double to Bryan Johns, but he got K.D. Kang to strikeout to end the inning.
Veglahn would retire 10 in a row before Ryan Pineda led off the seventh by reaching on an error. With one out Veglahn struck out Josh Mazzola and Pineda was thrown out trying to steal second.
The lone mistake Veglahn made was in the eighth when Humphries hit a solo home run to right, his ninth of the season. Veglahn retired the next two hitters before being pulled for reliever Benji Waite. Veglahn went 7.2 innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out four. In his two starts he’s gone 14.2 innings and allowed just four runs. Waite would give up a solid single to left by Luke Bailey and a bloop single to right by Johns that put runners at the corners. Caleb Thielbar relived Waite and he got Kang to ground out to second to end the inning.
Thielbar would pick up his second save of the season when he got the first two batters in the ninth, gave up a single to Mazzola, but retired Humphries on a fly out to right.
The Saints got all their runs with two outs and they scored their 51st first inning run in their 48th game. Alonzo Harris led off the game with a single to left. He was sacrificed to second by Brady Burzynski and advanced to third on a ground out by Nate Hanson. Angelo Songco singled to right-center scoring Harris to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, with Harris on first after reaching on a fielder’s choice, Burzynski singled to center to put runners at the corners. Hanson then roped a two-run double to left-center, which proved to be the difference, giving the Saints a 3-0 lead.
The same two teams meet in game two of the four game series Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field at 7:02 p.m. The Saints will send RHP Dan Johnson (NR) to the mound against RedHawks LHP Tyler Alexander (6-3, 3.67). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.