Saints Sing Their Redemption Song, Claim Series Victory with 9-5 Win over RailCats
ST. PAUL - The St. Paul Saints came into this series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats looking for redemption, after being swept at the U.S. Steel Yard three weeks ago. They achieved it with a resounding 9-5 series finale victory on Sunday night at CHS Field in front of 8,711. The win improves the Saints to 45-35, tying them for first place in the North Division with the RailCats. The Saints maintain a 1.5 game lead on Fargo-Moorhead, who defeated Sioux Falls 6-4, with 20 games left.
Relying on their starting pitching to set the tone in the first three games of the series, it was the offense who shouldered the load on Sunday. The Saints would score seven of their nine runs with two outs and every batter recorded a hit, a series high 16.
The scoring started in the first inning, with two outs, when Burt Reynolds singled on a pop up down the left field line, falling in front of the left fielder Ronnie Mitchell. Brady Shoemaker singled up the middle and Zach Walters sent a screaming line drive past shortstop Andy De Jesus to score Reynolds. Dante Bichette Jr. then, with two strikes, chopped a grounder through the right side, allowing Shoemaker to come home, and the Saints led 2-0. The RBI knock was Bichette Jr.'s 12th consecutive game with a hit.
An inning later, Justin O'Conner doubled down the third base line and then, with two outs, Kyle Barrett lined a double out to left-center to make it 3-0.
After stranding a pair in the third inning, the Saints loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth thanks to a pair of walks and a Barrett base hit. Then, after driving RailCats starter Alex Gunn from the game, Reynolds singled to right field off of Lars Ligouri, which brought home a pair, making it 5-0.
The Saints struck for three more in the fifth behind two doubles with two outs. The first came from O'Conner, his second of the day, and after Joey Wong walked, Max Murphy singled home O'Conner. The next batter, Kyle Barrett, lined a ball down into the left field corner that scored both Wong and Murphy to complete the three-run rally and give the Saints a commanding 8-0 lead.
After the RailCats cut the lead in half, insurance was provided in the sixth on a two out, RBI single from Wong. The Saints shortstop has now registered a hit in all seven games since joining the club. Nathaniel Maggio also extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games with a two out double in the eighth.
The nine runs were more than enough for Saints starter Jake Matthys, who held the RailCats scoreless for the first five frames. However, he only ended up going 5.1 innings, allowing four runs while scattering five hits and striking out six.
Matthys ran into trouble in the sixth, walking and allowing two hits, eventually leaving the game with the bases loaded. Reliever Andrew Thome then walked in a run, gave up an RBI single, and a sacrifice fly, which scored the final three runs - all charged to Matthys - before striking out De Jesus to end the inning.
The only other RailCat run came in the form of a Garrett Copeland, seventh inning, solo home run off of Beck Wheeler. Wheeler, Ken Frosch and Zack Jones combined with Thome to finish the final 4.2 frames, giving up the lone run while striking out four.
The Saints begin the second leg of their 10-game homestand, with four games against the Sioux Falls Canaries, starting on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The Saints send RHP Matt Solter (3-4, 4.54) to the mound and the Canaries are TBA. The Saints will change their name to the St. Paul Guttural Uff Das. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.
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