SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 3, 2020) – For one night the final score didn’t matter. For one night you could overlook the four home runs allowed, the two errors, and the loss. Because the most important thing on Friday night at Sioux Falls Stadium was the fact baseball was played. The defending American Association champs, the St. Paul Saints, played their first of 24 games against their hubmates, the Sioux Falls Canaries, and fell 9-4 in front of 1,522.
Saints starter Eddie Medina was bitten by the long ball, giving up a career tying three home runs, with the first coming off his former teammate from a year ago, Jabari Henry. After Andrew Ely led off by reaching on a throwing error from catcher Mitch Ghelfi, Henry walloped a two-run homer down the left field line to give the Canaries a 2-0 lead.
In the third, another error cost the Saints a run following a Henry leadoff single. Alay Lago chopped one slowly to second that Josh Allen bobbled and his throw to second went awry allowing Henry to take third. Damek Tomscha’s ground out to third scored Henry making it 3-0.
The Saints would claw back tying the game at three as they put up their first runs of the season in the fourth. With one out, Chris Chinea singled and moved to second on an Allen single. With two outs Ghelfi roped a two-run double to left making it 3-2.
In the fifth, the Saints scored a run without the aid of a hit when Max M
i>ST. PAUL, MN (July 4, 2020) – The last time the St. Paul Saints won a game there was a euphoric celebration on the mound followed by a trophy celebration. On Saturday night the celebration was much more subdued, almost non-existent. There was no dog pile, no jumping up and down and, as a matter of fact, there was not even a handshake line because of social distancing rules. The Saints scored in seven of nine innings, got a stellar starting performance from Matt Solter, and got their first win of the season with a 14-3 thrashing of the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second and never looked back. John Silviano got it started with a solo blast to left, his first of the season, making it 1-0. Chris Chinea followed with a double and Josh Allen knocked him in with a single making it 2-0. With one out, Sebastian Zawada clubbed a two-run homer to left, his first of the season, making it 4-0. Zawada finished the night 2-3 with a double, home run, three RBI, and three runs scored.
From there the Saints capitalized on Canaries miscues scoring four straight unearned runs. With two outs in the fourth Chesny Young singled and Zawada doubled him to third. Connor Justus then hit a grounder than went under the glove of third baseman Ryan Long for a two-run error giving the Saints a 6-0 lead.
A lead off fielding error in the fifth by second baseman Alay Lago came
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 5, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints have only one “veteran” player on their roster and he got the start on Sunday evening at Sioux Falls Stadium. Mike Devine, one of the top relievers in the American Association for the Saints the last two years, made his first start since August 10, 2016. The second oldest player on the Saints worked 5.0 strong innings, while the fifth oldest player, Josh Allen, had a perfect day at the plate in a 7-4 win over the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of 517.
Devine ran into a little trouble in the second when, with one out, he walked Jabari Henry and gave up a double to Mike Hart putting runners at second and third. Devine got Ryan Brett to fly out to shallow center and then Ryan Long grounded out to end the inning.
The Saints offense gave Devine a 5-0 lead scoring three in the second when Allen led off with a walk and Sebastian Zawada reached on a one out single, moving Allen to third. A wild pitch scored Allen giving the Saints a 1-0 lead. A second wild pitch moved Zawada to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly from Mitch Ghelfi making it 2-0. Connor Justus walked and scored on an RBI double from Max Murphy giving the Saints a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth Allen deposited one over the left field wall, his first of the season, making it 4-0.
In the fifth the Saints took a 5-0 lead when Allen walked, stole second and two batters later scored
ST. PAUL, MN SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 7, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints played their first home game of 2020. The uniforms looked familiar, their home whites with the “Saints” script across the chest, but the crowd was not there to cheer on the home team. Instead, they were cheering on the visitors, the Sioux Falls Canaries. The Saints stranded 12 base runners and lost 5-3 to the Canaries on Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium, in their first home game in their new home away from home.
The Saints managed 12 hits, all singles, and left at least one runner on base in every inning. Of the three runs they scored only one came by way of a hit, an RBI single by Josh Allen in the fifth.
The Saints fell behind in the first when Andrew Ely led off the game with a single to center. He moved to third on a single by Alay Lago, and scored on a single by Damek Tomscha giving the Canaries a 1-0 lead.
The Saints tied it in the third when Max Murphy led off with a single off the ankle of pitcher Sam Bragg. He moved to third on a single by Justin Byrd and, two batters later, scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Chris Chinea.
The Saints took their lone lead of the game in the fifth on a walk to Byrd, he stole second, and scored on Allen’s two-out single.
The Canaries took the lead right back in the sixth off of Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman. Lago led off with a double. He f
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 8, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints offense was no where to be found on Wednesday afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium. They managed just three singles and never had a runner reach third. While the pitching was superb, the defense let them down in an unfortunate fifth inning as the Saints lost 3-0 to the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Matt Quintana started for the Saints and looked strong. His lone mistake of the afternoon came in the second when he gave up a leadoff home run to Ryan Long, his first of the season, making it 1-0 Canaries.
In the fifth, Quintana’s defense abandoned him in what should have been an easy inning. Andrew Ely led off with a fly ball to left that Sebastian Zawada got turned around on due to a tough wind blowing out to left. Zawada turned to his left, turned back to his right, but by the time he did that the ball was over his head for a double. Jabari Henry then hit a routine fly ball to right as Max Murphy started back, but had to come charging in as the wind knocked the ball down. Henry wound up with a single as Ely took third. The next hitter, Alay Lago, hit a ground ball to the left of second baseman Josh Allen, who fielded it, spun towards second and dropped the ball as he went to throw it. On the error Ely scored from third making it 2-0 Canaries. The next hitter Damek Tomscha hit a ground ball right at shortstop Connor Justus, but the ball bounced off his glove into left-center field as Henry score