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Zimmerman Impressive On Mound As Saints Slug Way To 10-7 Victory

ST. PAUL, MN August 17, 2017

The St. Paul Saints have four starters and that meant Ryan Zimmerman had to throw on three days’ rest after throwing 128 pitches in his last start.  He gutted it out all night and tossed 6.0 strong innings and the Saints offense did the rest, outlasting the Winnipeg Goldeyes 10-7 on Thursday night at Shaw Park.  The win snaps the Saints five game losing streak and improved their record to 43-40, 7.0 games behind the Goldeyes with 17 games remaining.


          After retiring the side in order in the first Zimmerman gave up his only runs of the night in the second.  He walked Reggie Abercrombie to start the inning and, with one out, David Bergin doubled him home tying the game at one.  With two outs Mason Katz knocked home Abercrombie with a double making it 2-1 Goldeyes.  Jordan Ebert followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1.


          From that point forward the Saints had someone loosening up in the bullpen each inning, but Zimmerman gave it everything he had.  In the fourth, with the Saints leading 5-3, Zimmerman walked the leadoff hitter Bergin.  He got Wes Darvill to ground into a fielder’s choice.  A wild pitch on a strikeout moved Darvill up to second.  Ebert walked to put runners at first and second, but Zimmerman got the leadoff hitter, Andrew Sohn, to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. 


          In the sixth Zimmerman walked the leadoff man Shawn Pleffner, but got Bergin to ground into a double play and retired Darvill on a groundout.  Zimmerman went 6.0 innings allowing three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out six.


          The Saints offense did all they could to outscore the second most potent offense in the league.  With the Saints trailing 3-1 in the third Danny Oh led off with a single to center.  Mitch Delfino doubled him to third.  Nate Hanson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Brady Shoemaker made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly and Anthony Gallas tied the game with an RBI double.  The Saints took the lead for good with Tony Thomas’ sacrifice fly.


          With the Saints leading 5-3 in the fifth Shoemaker led off with an infield single in the hole at short.  With one out Thomas singled Shoemaker to second.  Kes Carter then hit a grounder in the hole between first and second.  The second baseman Ebert fielded the ball, but his throw to first went off the pitcher Zack Dodson’s glove, for an error on the pitcher, allowing Shoemaker to score making it 6-3.  With Thomas at third JJ Gould laid down a safety squeeze scoring Thomas making it 7-3.


          In the seventh the Saints made it 8-3 when Thomas singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on a double by Gould.


          With the Saints leading 8-5 in the eighth Thomas blasted a two-run homer to left, his 15th of the season, to make it 10-5.


          The Goldeyes used two long balls of their own in the bottom of the eighth, a solo homer by Pleffner, his ninth of the season, and a solo shot by Katz, his 14th of the season.  The Saints, however were able to hang on and end a six game losing streak to the Goldeyes this season.


          The Saints head home for a three game series against the Cleburne Railroaders that begins on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (12-5, 3.63) to the mound against Railroaders RHP Patrick Mincey (7-7 3.30).  It is Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks with the music of Michael Jackson.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.