A Roller Coaster of Emotions Wrapped in a Win, Saints Get 6-5 Victory in 12 over Goldeyes

June 30, 2018 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints News Release

WINNIPEG, MB - The St. Paul Saints thought two early runs would be enough, to win but it wasn't. They thought they turned a double play in the eighth to hold that two-run lead, but they didn't. They thought a solo homer in the 11th would propel them to victory, but it didn't. Finally, after four hours and 14 minutes, and 12 innings, the Saints defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 6-5 at Shaw Park on Saturday night. The win improved the Saints to 22-19 on the season.

With the Saints leading 2-0 in the eighth, and reliever Beck Wheeler on the mound, Kevin Garcia led off with a single to left. Dave Sappelt followed with a single to left sending Garcia to third and Sappelt went to second on the throw. After an intentional walk to Matt McCann loaded the bases, the Saints went to their bullpen for left-hander Ken Frosch to face left-hander Josh Romanski. The man who hasn't allowed a run all season, Frosch, struck out the only man he was asked to get increasing his scoreless streak to 19.0 innings. Mike Devine came out of the bullpen to face former Major Leaguer Reggie Abercrombie. He got Abercrombie to hit a slow grounder to short that JJ Gould fielded, touched second for the out and then fired a throw to first. On a close play, Abercrombie was ruled safe and both Garcia, from third, and Sappelt, from second, scored to tie the game. The next hitter Grant Heyman hit a towering two-run homer to left, his ninth of the season, giving the Goldeyes a 4-2 lead.

In the ninth, however, the Saints would come back against Goldeyes closer Victor Capellan. Dante Bichette Jr. led off with a walk and Justin O'Conner doubled him to third. Jeff Malm's RBI groundout to short made it 4-3 and O'Conner went to third. JJ Gould then hit a grounder to third baseman Josh Mazzola, but he bobbled it allowing O'Conner to score the tying run.

The game remained tied into the 11th when O'Conner crushed a solo homer to left, his seventh of the season, to make it 5-4.

The Goldeyes would answer in the bottom of the inning against reliever Jake Matthys. Andrew Sohn led off with a triple to right-center. Mazzola then lined out to third. Jamey Smart, in his first professional game, collected his first pro hit with an RBI single to left tying the game at five.

In the 12th the Saints regained the lead when Richard Prigatano walked with one out, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Max Murphy giving the Saints the 6-5 lead.

In the bottom of the 12th Matthys once again tried to end it, but he walked Matt McCann with one out and Josh Romanski's single to right moved McCann to third. Matthys then got Abercrombie to pop out to second and Heyman to pop out to third to end the game.

The Saints got phenomenal starting pitching from Eddie Medina. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings allowing just two hits while walking two and striking out four. He retired the final nine men he faced. He has not allowed an earned run in 21.0 consecutive innings and lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the season.

The Saints appeared to give him all the run support he would need in the second and third. In the second Burt Reynolds drilled a solo homer to left, his seventh of the season and third with the Saints, to make it 1-0.

In the third, Malm hit a pop up double in between the shortstop Sohn and centerfielder Abercrombie. He advanced to third on a sacrifice by Gould and scored on Kes Carter's groundout to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

The same two teams meet in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Both teams are TBA. The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.

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