We're Going Streakin: Saints Win Third Straight, Sweep Railroaders 10-3
ST. PAUL, MN - This is the offense manager George Tsamis expected to have all season. It has finally shown up at the midway point during the season. On Wednesday afternoon at CHS Field, in front of 8,751, eight of nine Saints collected a hit as they tied a season-high with 18 crushing the Cleburne Railroaders 10-3 and completing a three-game sweep. The win is the third in a row, the longest since they won four-straight from June 4-8. The win improves the Saints to 28-23 on the season and they maintained a 0.5 game lead in the North Division.
While trailing 1-0 the offense got started in the second when they utilized three hits and four walks to score four runs. Justin O'Conner led off with a single to center. With one out Matt Snyder singled to left and Anthony Phillips walked to load the bases. Max Murphy then roped a bases clearing double down the right field line giving the Saints a 3-1 lead. The next three hitters walked, with the last one to Brady Shoemaker forcing in a run making it 4-1. Railroaders starter Michael Gunn lasted just 1.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits while walking five.
In the fifth O'Conner led off with a double. He finished the day 3-5 with a double and two runs scored. Dante Bichette Jr's infield single to the pitcher and subsequent throwing error allowed O'Conner to score making it 5-1. With one out Anthony Phillips made it 6-1 with an RBI double to right. Murphy then collected his third hit of the day, an infield single to short putting runners at the corners. Kyle Barrett singled to right scoring Phillips to make it 7-1.
With the Saints up 7-3 in the seventh Phillips singled to left with one out. He stole second and scored on a double by Murphy to make it 8-3. Murphy finished the day 4-6 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored. Two batters later Burt Reynolds doubled home Murphy making it 9-3. Reynolds now has 20 RBI in his first 14 games since joining the Saints.
The Saints tacked on their final run in the eighth when Bichette Jr. singled to center. He finished the game 3-5 with two runs scored. Bichette Jr. moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Snyder's single to right-center.
Saints starter Eddie Medina was solid in his 5.0 innings of work. Other than giving up a first inning run he didn't allow any further damage. He worked out of a bases loaded one out jam in the fourth by striking out the final two hitters he faced. Medina went 5.0 innings allowing one run on six hits and striking out a season high eight improving to 4-2 on the season.
The Saints embark on an 11-day, 10-game roadtrip that begins on Thursday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark against the Kansas City T-Bones at 7:05 p.m.. The Saints send LHP Chris Nunn (1-1, 1.74) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Lucas Irvine (4-1, 4.13). The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.
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