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Saints Wrap-Up Exhibition Season with 6-1 Win over Saltdogs, Season Starts Friday in Gary

May 15, 2018 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints News Release

ST. PAUL, MN - Beginning Friday no one will remember what the St. Paul Saints did during the exhibition season. In just their second pre-season game, and first against an American Association opponent, Saints pitching gave up just five hits while the offense pounded out 12 en route to a 6-1 victory at CHS Field in front of 4,506, in a 12-inning game that got both teams a little extra work for their players

Saints starter Jeff Malm was perfect in his 3.0 innings of work. The Saints utilized seven more pitchers no one, but Matt Solter, pitching more than 1.0 inning. Solter, who is scheduled to be in the starting rotation for the Saints, faced the minimum over his 3.0 innings of work allowing just one infield single.

The Saints offense struck first in the second when Dante Bichette Jr. singled to left. He moved to second on a wild pitched and advanced to third on a single by Justin O'Conner. A sacrifice fly from Kes Carter gave the Saints a 1-0 lead.

It remained that way until the fourth when LJ Kalawaia led off with a single for the Saltdogs against former Major Leaguer Tom Wilhelmsen. Nathaniel Maggio followed with a single to put runners at the corners and nobody out. Wilhelmsen fanned Brandon Jacobs for the first out. Wilhelmsen then struck out Curt Smith, but on strike three the ball skipped by O'Conner allowing Kalawaia to score tying the game at one. Wilhelmsen finished his day by striking out Chase Simpson.

It stayed even until the eighth when the Saints got their first home run of the day, a solo shot from Noah Perio Jr. to make it 2-1.

In the ninth Josh Allen led off with a triple and Richard Prigatano made it 4-1 with a two-run homer down the left field line.

The Saints added a run in the 10th on a double play ground out by JJ Gould that scored Perio Jr. and one in the 11th on an RBI double from Brady Shoemaker.

The Saints begin the 2018 season on Friday, May 18 at 7:10 p.m. at the U.S. Steel Yard against the Gary SouthShore Railcats. The Saints play their first game at CHS Field on Monday, May 21 at 3:05 p.m. against the Chicago Dogs.

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