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Bottoms Up, Saints Come from Behind for 6-5 Victory and 16th Series Win

July 22, 2015 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints News Release

ST. PAUL, MN (July 22, 2015) - For the first time in seven games the St. Paul Saints failed to collect double digit hits. As a matter of fact, they had just three hits through seven innings, but in the eighth the bottom of the order produced for a dramatic 6-5 come from behind victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Wednesday afternoon at CHS Field in front of 8,197. The win improved the Saints to 45-13, a 20.5 game lead in the division and they are now 16-0-1 in the 17 series played this season.

With the Saints trailing by a run in the bottom of the eighth and one out the number six hitter, Joey Paciorek, led off with a double high off the right field wall. The next hitter, Anthony Phillips, knocked him home with a single to center to tie the game at five. The eight hitter Ryan Lashley laced a single to right putting runners at first and second. The Goldeyes went to their bullpen for closer Jailen Peguero. The ninth hitter in the Saints lineup, Dan Kaczrowski, knocked home Phillips with a single to left to give the Saints the lead.

In the ninth Saints closer Ryan Rodebaugh tossed a perfect inning of relief to earn his league leading 15th save of the season.

The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings by using only three hits. In the first Alonzo Harris and Willie Argo walked back-to-back to lead off the inning. With two outs and runners at second and third Mike Kvasnicka knocked them both home with a single to make it 2-0.

In the second, Phillips led off with a single to left. Lashley followed with a walk and the two moved up on Kaczrowski's sacrifice bunt. Harris gave the Saints a 3-0 lead with an RBI groundout and Argo knocked home Lashley with a single to make it 4-0.

It stayed that way until the fourth when Nic Jackson got the Goldeyes on the board with a single to make it 4-1.

In the fifth the Goldeyes took the lead with a four spot. Brad Boyer and Chris Robinson led off with back-to-back singles. Two batters later a sacrifice fly by Adam Heisler made it 4-2. Casio Grider followed with a single and then Casey Haerther hit a three-run homer, his fifth of the season, to give the Goldeyes a 5-4 lead.

The Saints begin a four game series with the Lincoln Saltdogs on Thursday night at CHS Field beginning at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (5-2, 3.62) to the mound against Saltdogs RHP Zach Varce (0-3, 4.67). It is St. Patrick's Day in July. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, Cable Access channels in the Twin Cities area, heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on 97.9 FM.

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