St. Paul Thwarts Cleburne, Capturing Consecutive Home Wins for the First Time Since May
ST. PAUL, MN - The last time the St. Paul Saints won consecutive home games was back on May 23rd and 25th. On Tuesday they completed their second back-to-back wins at CHS Field in front of a crowd of 7,584 with a fresh set of faces holding off the Cleburne Railroaders 5-4.
Starting pitcher Trevor Foss, after signing earlier on Tuesday, delivered a dominant start holding the Railroaders to two runs (one earned) over 6.2 innings of work. He scattered six hits while walking none and struck out seven, including five in a row.
Foss faced just one batter over the minimum his first time through the lineup as he began his string of strikeouts with the final out in the third inning. Fanning the side in the fourth and the first batter in the fifth, he would run into his first hint of difficulty with two outs. KC Huth tripled to right-center field followed by a John Menken RBI single to break up the shutout.
The 28-year old would give up the unearned run in the seventh inning after an error by third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. allowed Cameron Monger to score, before reliever Jake Matthys would induce a Menken pop out to retire the side.
After a perfect eighth by Matthys, trouble would arise in the final frame as Andrew Thome tried to close out a three-run lead. After striking out the first two batters he faced, Thome fell victim to three straight Cleburne base hits. A Patrick Palmeiro single followed by a Monger two-bagger, brought the tying run in Huth to the plate. Huth delivered a single into left field scoring the two runs easily, but attempting to put himself in scoring position with his team down a run, Justin O'Conner took the throw to the plate and fired a strike to second base nailing Huth to end the game.
The offense, similar to a night ago, struck early in four of the first five frames. A Dante Bichette Jr. RBI single in the second inning would help St. Paul jump out to a 1-0 lead before the Saints faithful were introduced to the newest bat in its next set of scores.
The third inning allowed Burt Reynolds to continue his hot hitting streak with an RBI single, but Zach Walters, who came over from the Kansas City T-Bones in a trade for Noah Perio Jr., delivered his first RBI base knock to give the Saints a 3-0 lead.
Reynolds made it 4-0 in the fourth with another RBI single, extending his consecutive games with multiple RBI to four. Then, on the fourth pitch he saw leading off the fifth, Walters blasted his first home run as a Saint, and seventh of the season, to right field making it 5-0 which proved to be just enough.
The same two teams will meet tomorrow for a Wednesday matinee matchup at 1:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The two aces take the hill as the Saints send RHP Eddie Medina (3-2, 2.46) against LHP Michael Gunn (2-1, 1.73) for the Railroaders. It's Just Lunch. Or Maybe it is the Best Day of Your Life. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.
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