Saints Score a Season High in Runs, Thrash Saltdogs 15-9
LINCOLN, NE - If you want to beat the second highest scoring team in the league, you're going to need to score runs. And score runs the St. Paul Saints did. They pounded out a season tying high 18 hits, scored a season high 15 runs, eight of the nine Saints collected a hit, eight of nine scored a run, and seven of nine had an RBI in a 15-9 pounding of the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park on Monday night. The win improves the Saints to 18-11 on the season.
With the Saints trailing 3-0 in the second they sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs. Dan Johnson led off with a walk and Dante Bichette Jr. extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to center. Noah Perio Jr. made it 3-1 with an RBI double to right. After a fielder's choice by Kyle Barrett forced Bichette Jr. at home, a wild pitch scored Perio Jr. to make it 3-2. JJ Gould was hit by a pitch and Kes Carter walked to load the bases. Max Murphy gave the Saints their first lead with a two-run single to right-center making it 4-3.
The Saints came back from their second deficit in the sixth, trailing 7-4. They sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs as Bichette Jr. started with a walk and Perio Jr. doubled him to third. With one out Gould's sacrifice fly made it 7-5. Jake Smith, coming off a three-hit game in his first pro start, knocked home Perio Jr. with an RBI single to left-center to make it 7-6. Smith went 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kes Carter followed with a single and Murphy tied it with an RBI single to left-center. Murphy went 3-6 with four RBI and three runs scored. Brady Shoemaker's two-run single gave the Saints a 9-7 lead. Shoemaker went 2-5 with a double and four RBI.
The Saints put the game away in the seventh with a four spot as they got an RBI single from Smith, an RBI fielder's choice from Murphy and a two-run double by Shoemaker to make it 13-7.
In the ninth they sent eight men to the plate and scored a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly by Dan Johnson and an RBI single from the newest Saints player, Barrett.
Seven of the nine Saints players had a multi-hit game with six players scoring at least two runs.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night at Haymarket Park at 6:45 p.m. The Saints are TBA and the Saltdogs send RHP Michael Tamburino (3-0, 2.02) to the mound. The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.
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