Sweep Complete, Saints Down Goldeyes 6-1 For Regular Season Franchise Tying Eighth Straight Road WinST. PAUL, MN June 19, 2016
Not even the juggernaut 2015 team could do what the 2016 version of the St. Paul Saints did in three games at Shaw Park. For just the second time in franchise history the Saints swept a series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Shaw Park as they finished off the three game series with a 6-1 victory improving to 22-9 on the season, the best record in the American Association, and a 6.0 game lead in the North Division.
As many records as last year’s team set this season’s team tied one of their marks on Sunday. They won for the eighth consecutive time away from CHS Field, tying the franchises regular season mark for wins away from home. The 2015 team was eight straight from May 27 – June 3. The only streak longer was in 2007 when the Saints won their final eight away from home and first three in the playoffs.
The Saints continued to get superb starting pitching from 21-year-old St. Paul native Kody Knaus. After picking up his first career win seven days ago he kept the Goldeyes off balance all afternoon long and got a little help from his defense in the first. With two outs Josh Romanski walked and stole second. David Rohm singled to left and Romanski tried to score, but for the second time in two games an outfielder made a perfect throw to the plate to erase a runner as Willie Argo gunned down Romanski.
Knaus used that momentum the rest of the afternoon. He made a mistake in third when he fielded a comebacker off the bat of Carlton Tanabe, but he lobbed a throw over the head of first baseman Angelo Songco. Knaus, however, got Ridge Hoopii-Haslam to hit a grounder to short, Tanabe tried to go to third, but Tony Thomas easily threw him out. Two batters later Knaus was out of the inning.
The lone run Knaus gave up came in the sixth when Hoopii-Haslam led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and would later score on a single from Rohm. Knaus went 6.0 innings allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two and picked up his second win of the season.
The offense pounded out 15 hits in the game as all nine collected at least one hit. The Saints collected 47 hits in the three game series and started their scoring on Sunday in the third. Chad Christensen led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Maxx Garrett. With two outs Breland Almadova reached on an infield single to short sending Christensen to third. Nate Hanson made it 1-0 with a single to left.
In the fourth Tony Thomas led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Willie Argo. A groundout by Tony Caldwell scored Thomas to make it 2-0 Two batters later Garrett ripped an RBI double off the base of the centerfield wall scoring Argo to make it 3-0.
In the sixth Thomas led off with a walk and scored on Argo’s double to right-center to make it 4-0. Argo finished 3-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored and has raised his average 52 points in the last six games to .272. Caldwell followed that with a two-run homer to left, his career high fifth of the season and third in two games, to make it 6-0.
The Saints bullpen was once again stellar as Benji Waite tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and Caleb Thielbar struck out two in a perfect ninth. In the series the Saints bullpen pitched 8.0 scoreless innings allowing just five hits and striking out five.
The Saints head to Lewis and Clark Park on Monday for a three game series against the Sioux City Explorers at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Cody Scarpetta (1-0, 3.57) to the mound. The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.