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Waite First Career Complete Game Shutout, Oh Career High Five Hits and Six RBI, Saints Dominate Railcats 10-0

ST. PAUL, MN June 30, 2017

St. Paul Saints starting pitcher Benji Waite may have etched his name into the starting rotation for good on Friday night.  Bouncing back and forth between starting and relieving Waite tossed his first ever complete game shutout and Danny Oh set a career high with five hits and six RBI as the Saints took down the Gary SouthShore Railcats 10-0 at CHS Field in front of 8,523.  The win improved the Saints to 27-13 and maintained their 7.0 game lead in the North Division.


          The sinkerballer Waite was dominant from the get go and fielded his position brilliantly while getting help from the rest of his teammates.  In the first inning, after giving up a leadoff single, he retired the next three hitters, all on ground balls to first baseman Tony Thomas, two of which he recorded an assist on.


          In the third Kris Goodman led off with a bunt single to third.  After stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by catcher Jack Goihl, Waite got Chase Harris to ground out third, holding Goodman at third.  Cameron Newell then hit a comebacker to Waite.  He looked the runner back, threw to first for the out and Goodman broke for home.  Thomas fired a strike to Goihl at the plate, who laid down the tag, for a double play ending the inning.


          In the fourth Waite walked Collin Willis with one out and Frank Martinez doubled putting runners at second and third.  Waite, however, would get two ground outs back to the mound to end the inning.


          In the fifth Waite gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning, but a pop out and a double play ended the inning.


          Waite would retire nine in a row until one out back-to-back singles in the eighth, but a fielder’s choice and a ground out to Thomas, who underhanded to Waite covering ended the inning.  The assist by Thomas was his fifth of the game, an American Association record for first baseman.


          Waite finished off the complete game shutout with a perfect ninth.  He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out two while throwing 104 pitches, 78 for strikes.  His only other complete game came in his first professional season with the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League in 2013.  He tossed a 9.0 complete game allowing one run on four hits on July 3 at the Roton Osos.


          The offense pounded out a season-high 18 hits with seven of the nine Saints collecting at least one hit.  They, and Oh, got Waite all the run support he would need in the second.  Thomas led off with a double and, with one out, Ben Buerkle singled off the glove of second baseman Danny Santiesteban.  Thomas tried to score, but Santiesteban was able to recover and throw Thomas out at the plate.  Jon Kristoffersen walked and Oh collected his first hit of the night, a three-run homer to right, his fifth of the season, to make it 3-0.


          In the third Oh came calling again.  With one out and one on Anthony Gallas made it 4-0 with an RBI double.  With two outs Goihl doubled home Gallas to make it 5-0.  A walk to Buerkle and a single by Kristoffersen loaded the bases for Oh.  He ripped a bases clearing triple into left-center to give the Saints an 8-0 lead. 


          In the fourth the Saints made it 9-0 on a leadoff solo homer by Nate Hanson, his sixth of the season.


          Oh came up in the fifth a double shy of the cycle and singled to right.


          In the seventh Kristoffersen doubled with one out and Oh followed with another single to right.  He finished the night by going a career high 5-5, falling a double shy of the cycle and a career high six RBI.  The Saints have never had a cycle in their 25-year franchise history.  Hanson finished the scoring with an RBI single.  He finished the night 4-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.


          Brady Shoemaker had his eight game hitting streak and 26 consecutive games reaching base safely streak snapped.


          The Saints finished the month of June 19-8, the third straight season they have won at least 19 games in the month.  The only seasons they finished with more wins in June were 2003 and 2015 when they won 20.


          The Saints and Railcats play game two of a three game series on Saturday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Ryan Zimmerman (3-1, 3.82) to the mound against Railcats RHP Charle Rosario (3-3, 2.89).  It’s Gatsby Night presented by Discount Tire.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Netowrk, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on BOB FM.