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
i>SIOIUX FALLS, SD (July 9, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints offense showed up in a big way on Thursday night at Sioux Falls Stadium. They peppered the field with hit after hit, 20 of them when all was said and done. Unfortunately, with an opportunity to win it in the bottom of the ninth inning they came up short losing 12-11 to the Sioux Falls Canaries and getting swept by the Birds as the home team in the Canaries ballpark.
With the Saints down a run in the bottom of the ninth JC Millan led off with a pinch-hit single to right. With one out, Justin Byrd singled to right sending Millan to third. That brought up Chris Chinea. He hit a broken bat looper in back of second that second baseman Ryan Long raced out and caught. Byrd was sliding into second as the ball was being caught and Long threw to first for the game ending double play.
The game was a back-and-forth affair and with the Saints up 8-5 in the seventh the Canaries scored seven unanswered runs over two innings. In the seventh, Jabari Henry reached on an infield single to third and that was followed by a Lago single to left-center. Damek Tomscha then drilled a three-run home run to right-center, his second of the season, tying the game at eight.
In the eighth the Canaries took the lead with four runs as Mike Hart started it with a one out double. With two outs Andrew Ely was intentionally walked and Jabari Henry walked to load the bases. The next three hitters all
i>FRANKLIN, WI (July 10, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints got the ray of light their offense needed in the sixth inning. With the bats doing nothing against former Major Leaguer David Holmberg, they caught a break when first baseman David Washington failed to catch a throw because he lost it in the sun. That opened the door for the Saints who came from behind to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen 7-4 on Friday night at Franklin Field.
With the Saints down 3-0, one out in the sixth and Holmberg cruising, allowing just two hits, the Saints received some good fortune. Justin Byrd hit a routine ground ball to third that Dylan Tice fielded and threw a strike to first base. Washington, however, bailed out before the ball got there as the sun was right in line with the throw. The two base throwing error gave the Saints life. The next hitter, Chris Chinea, blasted a two-run home run to left, his second of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-2. The next two hitters, John Silviano and Josh Allen, reached on a single and walk, respectively and chased Holmberg. Another former Major Leaguer, AJ Schugel, came on in relief and struck out JC Millan. Sebastian Zawada singled to load the bases and Mikey Reynolds ripped a single back up the middle scoring two runs and giving the Saints a 4-3 lead.
In the seventh the Saints added to their lead as Max Murphy led off the inning with a walk. With two outs John Silviano reached on an infield single and Josh Allen drilled an
i>FRANKLIN, WI (July 11, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints got two home runs from unlikely sources on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. Unfortunately, after they scored three runs in the second inning, they gave up 11 unanswered runs in a 12-4 loss to the Milwaukee Milkmen. The loss ends a streak of nine consecutive victories over the Milkmen dating back to last season.
The Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second when Troy Alexander led off with a single to right. With one out Mitch Ghelfi drilled a two-run homer over the right field wall, his first of the season and just his 11th in 278 career games, to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Mikey Reynolds hit a solo homer, his first of the season and his 11th in 425 career games, making it 3-0.
The euphoria from those two home runs ended in the third as the Milkmen began their onslaught against Saints pitching. Christian Correa led off with a single to left and, with two outs, Dylan Tice doubled him to third. Mason Davis followed with a two-run double off the wall in right cutting the Saints lead to 3-2.
In the fourth the Milkmen took the lead for good. They loaded the bases with one out on a walk to Zach Nehrir, a single by Adam Brett Walker, and a hit by pitch to Correa. Aaron Hill then drilled a grand slam the opposite way, over the right field wall, giving the Milkmen a 6-3 lead. Saints starter Mike Devine went 5.0 innings allowi
i>FRANKLIN, WI (July 12, 2020) – St. Paul Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman stood tall on the mound Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field against the Milwaukee Milkmen. After giving up two runs in the first, he allowed just two base runners over the next six innings and struck out a career tying high nine. That was big because the Saints needed a bases loaded bunt single by Justin Byrd to win the game as they took down the Milkmen 3-2.
With the game tied at two in the eighth the Saints got the winning run against former Saints reliever Karch Kowalczyk. With two outs and a runner at first Connor Justus walked. Mikey Reynolds followed with his third hit of the game, a line drive single to left that loaded the bases. That’s when Byrd dropped down a gutsy bunt that was perfectly placed down the third base line for an RBI single that proved to be the winning run.
Zimmerman was magnificent after the first. He allowed just two base runners, the only two runners the Milkmen would get after the first. He walked Adam Brett Walker to lead off the second, but retired the next three hitters.
Zimmerman retired nine in a row before a leadoff single by Logan Trowbridge in the fifth. The next hitter, Christ Conley, hit a sinking fly ball to right that Max Murphy made a running catch and then doubled off Trowbridge at first. Zimmerman retired the final eight batters he faced including striking out the side in the seventh. He went 7.0 in
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 14, 2020) – The last time the St. Paul Saints faced Mitchell Lambson he threw a two-hit shutout against them at CHS Field. That prompted a player’s only meeting, a 17-3 stretch run, and an eventual championship. On Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium the outcome was far different as they knocked out the 2019 American Association Pitcher of the Year in the fourth inning. The Saints recorded a franchise record 10 hits in the inning and scored 10 runs as they defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 16-9 in their first “home” win of the season.
With the Saints down 4-1 in the fourth the Saints sent 15 men to the plate and it started with a Chris Chinea double to right-center. Josh Allen drew a walk and Max Murphy followed with a sinking liner to center that Darnell Sweeney dove for and came up empty as two runs scored on the triple making it 4-3. A wild pitch scored Murphy tying the score at four. JC Millan gave the Saints the lead for good with a solo homer to right, his first of the season, making it 5-4. Mitch Ghelfi then doubled to left and moved to third on an infield single by Mikey Reynolds. With two outs Chesny Young made it 7-4 with a two-run double to right-center. Chinea collected his second double of the inning scoring Young to make it 8-4. An infield single to third by Josh Allen scored Chinea making it 9-4 and chasing Lambson. Dylan Rheault came on in relief and Murphy hit a grounder to short that Darvill made a poor th
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 15, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints have had two opportunities as the home team in Sioux Falls for a walk-off win. Their first came against Sioux Falls six days ago, but they lost by a run. On Wednesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium they had their second chance, but the result was the same. The Saints left the tying run stranded at second and lost 4-3 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
With the Saints down a run and one out in the ninth Max Murphy walked. He moved to second on a wild pitch, but Nate Samson flew out to left and Troy Alexander struck out to end the game.
The Saints trailed 4-0 after three innings and weren’t doing much against Goldeyes starter Frank Duncan who allowed a two-out fourth inning single and nothing else through the first five innings. In the sixth, Mitch Ghelfi reached on a one out single to third. Mikey Reynolds continued his hot start to the season with a single to left putting runners at first and second. With two outs Chesny Young knocked home Ghelfi to make it 4-1. Duncan went 6.0 innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out five.
In the eighth, Alexander led off with a solo homer to right, his second of the season, making it 4-2. With one out, Reynolds doubled to left and that forced the Goldeyes to remove reliever Nate Antone in favor of Kevin McGovern. He got Justin Byrd to pop out, but Young grounded a single through the right side scoring Reynolds gettin
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 16, 2020) – For the third consecutive game the St. Paul Saints walked the leadoff hitter in the game, Kevin LaChance. For the third consecutive game he came around to score and the Saints found themselves in an early hole. For the second time in three games they were able to come back. After falling behind 3-0 the Saints scored seven unanswered runs and defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 7-4 on Thursday night at Sioux Falls Stadium to take two out of three in the series.
With the Saints down 3-0 and two outs in the bottom of the third Mikey Reynolds reached on an infield single to third, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Nate Samson collected his first hit as a Saint with a single to right that was then misplayed by Logan Hill allowing Reynolds to go to third and Samson to take second. Chesny Young made it 3-1 with an infield single to third and John Silviano made it 3-2 with a sharp single to center.
The Saints tied the game in the fourth when Max Murphy doubled to left-center, moved to third on a single by JC Millan, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Mitch Ghelfi.
In the fifth the Saints took the lead for good as Josh Allen drilled a solo shot to left, his second of the season, giving the Saints a 4-3 lead.
In the seventh the Saints got some breathing room it turned out they would need. With two outs, Young singled to right as he finished off his fourth consecut
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 17, 2020) – St. Paul Saints starter Mike Devine was on point on Friday night at Sioux Falls Stadium as he struck out a career high 10. A thrilling bottom of the ninth tied the game, but the defense continues to plague the Saints as they committed two errors in the 10th inning that resulted in two unearned runs in a 3-1, 10 inning loss to the Milwaukee Milkmen.
With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth Karch Kowalczyk came on to close it out for the Milkmen. He walked the leadoff hitter Chesny Young. Chris Chinea then roped a game tying RBI double to the gap in left-center. Kowalczyk settled down and struck out Josh Allen and Max Murphy and got John Silviano to ground out to end the inning.
In the 10th the Saints, who came in with the worst fielding percentage in the league along with the most errors, hurt themselves on three consecutive plays. Aaron Hill led off with a ground ball just to the left of shortstop Connor Justus who had the ball go off his glove and skip behind him for an error. Brett Vertigan then laid down a sacrifice bunt to first, but as John Silviano went to pick up the ball and take a peek at second he dropped the ball for an error. The Milkmen once again sacrificed with Dylan Tice as the Saints put on the wheel play where the third baseman charges, and the shortstop goes to cover third. Young fielded the ball at third and fired to Justus covering the bag, but the
i>SIOUX FALL, SD (July 18, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints and Milwaukee Milkmen came into Saturday night at Sioux Falls Stadium with the top two ERA’s in the American Association. While runs were tough to come by on Friday night that wasn’t the case on Saturday as the Saints got a career high four RBI from Troy Alexander and a seven-run sixth propelled them to an 11-8 victory.
With the game tied at four in the sixth the Saints sent 10 men to the plate and scored seven runs. Max Murphy led off with a walk and JC Millan reached on a bunt single. Starter Taylor Ahearn departed for former Saints pitcher Jake Matthys. Justin Byrd moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt and that brought up Alexander. The rookie, in his first full season, drilled a three-run blast over the right field wall, his third of the season, giving the Saints a 7-4 lead. Mikey Reynolds, who came in hitting a league leading .442, roped a triple to left-center. Nate Samson was hit by a pitch and Chesny Young’s sacrifice fly made it 8-4. Chris Chinea set a career high by doubling for the third consecutive game which scored Samson making it 9-4. John Silviano finished off the onslaught with a two-run homer to right, his second of the season, putting the Saints up 11-4.
They needed all of those runs because the Milkmen, who fought back all night long, scored two in the seventh when David Washington singled and Zach Nehrir hit a two-run homer to right, his sec
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 19, 2020) – When you play in Sioux Falls Stadium you’re going to hit plenty of home runs, but you’re going to give up plenty of long balls too. The Saints came in tied for first in the league in hitting home runs, but were also tops in home runs allowed. On Sunday evening they hit two more, but also gave up three and fell in the rubber game of the three-game series to the Milwaukee Milkmen 7-3.
The Saints, who have given up 11 first inning runs, gave up two more on Sunday as Brett Vertigan led off with a single to right and went to second when Max Murphy mishandled the ball. Dylan Tice grounded out sending Vertigan to third and Mason Davis’ groundout scored Vertigan giving the Milkmen a 1-0 lead. David Washington then hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right making it 2-0.
In the third, the Milkmen doubled their lead when Dylan Tice doubled with two outs. Mason Davis followed with a two-run home run to right, his second of the season, giving the Milkmen a 4-0 lead.
The Saints got on the board in the fifth when Troy Alexander was hit by a pitch and Justin Byrd followed with a two-run homer to right, his first of the season, making it 4-2.
The Milkmen answered right back in the top of the sixth and got their third home run of the night. Mason Davis led off the inning with a double to left and Washington clubbed his second homer of
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 21, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints offense did all they could to overcome six home runs hit by the Sioux Falls Canaries. Chris Chinea set a career high with five hits and Mikey Reynolds tied a franchise record with three doubles, but it wasn’t enough. After giving up 10 unanswered runs and trailing 10-1 through five, the offense turned it on, but finished a run short losing 10-9 to the Canaries on Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium.
With the Saints down by nine entering the sixth Alonso Harris started the inning with a solid single off the glove of second baseman Grant Kay. Chinea then unloaded on a two-run homer to right, his third of the season, making it 10-3. With one out Max Murphy singled and went to second on John Silviano’s single. A wild pitch moved Murphy to third who then scored on JC Millan’s fielder’s choice cutting the deficit to six.
In the seventh Chesny Young was hit by a pitch and Alonso Harris ripped a single off the body of Kay at second putting runners at first and second. Harris went 2-5 with two runs scored in his return to the Saints. After a balk moved the runners up 90-feet, Chinea roped a two-run single to right making it 10-6.
In the eighth Reynolds doubled to right and, with two outs, Young knocked him home with a single making it 10-7. Reynolds, who entered the night leading the league in hitting, extended his hitting streak to 11-games going
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 22, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints are going to look back on Wednesday night’s game against the Sioux Falls Canaries and count all the early missed opportunities. They left eight men on base through the first four innings and 10 overall, including the bases loaded in the second, and it proved costly as they dropped their fifth straight game to their hubmates 6-3 at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The league’s leading hitter, Mikey Reynolds, extended his hitting streak to a career tying high 12 games by leading off the game with a single. With one out, Chesny Young singled him to third, extending his hitting streak to nine games, but both runners were left stranded.
In the second, the Saints loaded the bases with two outs on a walk, error, and a walk, but Nate Samson flew out to left to end the inning.
With the Saints down 2-0 in the third they managed to score a run when Alonzo Harris singled with one out. Chris Chinea smashed a double off the wall in left scoring Harris to make it 2-1. Josh Allen then walked, but both runners were left stranded.
With one out in the fourth Reynolds walked, stole second, but would advance no further.
On the other side, the Canaries capitalized on their chances. In the first Andr
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 23, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints were one out away from winning the game in nine innings on Thursday night at Sioux Falls Stadium. The first place Sioux Falls Canaries found a way to tie it in the bottom of the ninth, but John Silviano played hero for the Saints in the top of the 13th with a solo home run in a 4-3 victory in four hours and 22 minutes.
With the game tied at three in the top of the 13th, and the wind blowing in all night, Silviano drilled an opposite field solo homer to left, his third of the season, giving the Saints the 4-3 lead.
The Canaries, who had already come back once, threatened in the bottom of the 13th off of Nick Belzer, the sixth pitcher of the night for the Saints. Belzer retired the first two hitters, but then walked Andrew Ely and gave up a single to Jabari Henry putting the tying run at second and winning run at first. Belzer was able to strikeout the second-best hitter in the league, Alay Lago, to end the game. Belzer went 2.0 shutout innings allowing one hit while walking one and striking out two.
The Saints took a 3-0 lead into the ninth and it started when they broke a scoreless tie in the seventh as Chris Chinea singled and Josh Allen walked. With one out, and starter Grady Wood removed from the game for Kevin Folman, Silviano gave the S
i>SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 24, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints were the home team, but very few in the crowd wanted to see a walk-off win. Trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth the Saints scored two, including the walk-off on Max Murphy’s RBI double, in a 3-2 win over the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium on Friday night.
The Saints were 0-9 when trailing after seven innings and had lost all 10 games when trailing going into the ninth. With the Saints down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth Nicco Blank came on to close out the game for the Canaries because their regular closer, Keaton Steele, had pitched each of the last three days. Blank started off the ninth by hitting Nate Samson in the helmet. Chesny Young then hit a ground ball to the shortstop Andrew Ely, but he had the ball go off his glove and between his legs for an error. Blank then hit Chris Chinea to load the bases. Josh Allen tied the game with a sacrifice line out to left as Samson scored easily. Murphy then roped a line drive double over the head of Ryan Brett in left as Young scored from second to cap off the comeback walk-off win.
Much like Thursday night it was a pitcher’s duel all night long as the Saints Ryan Zimmerman and the Canaries Jake Zokan matched each other zero for zero. The Saints had a great opportunity to score in the first when Alonzo Harris led off the game with a double to l
i>SIOUX FALL, SD (July 25, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints are now one-third of the way through the 2020 season. In a game all too reminiscent of some they’ve played in the first three weeks of the season, they fell behind big early, clawed their way back, had a chance to tie or win it in the ninth, but fell just short losing 13-12 to the Sioux Falls Canaries on Saturday night at Sioux Falls Stadium.
With the Saints trailing 13-7 in the eighth inning the first four hitters of the inning reached and scored. Josh Allen led off with a walk and John Silviano followed with a two-run homer to straightaway center, his fourth of the season, cutting the deficit to 13-9. Justin Byrd was then hit by a pitch and Mikey Reynolds doubled him to third. A sacrifice fly from Nate Samson made it 13-10. Reynolds took third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch making it 13-11.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Saints faced the league leader in saves, Keaton Steele. With one out Allen singled to left, advanced to second on a wild pitch and Max Murhpy walked. After a strikeout of Silviano, Byrd singled to right driving home Allen and sending Murphy to third as the Saints drew to within a run. That brought up the league’s leading hitter, Reynolds. He swung at the first pitch and hit a line drive to right, but it was right at Logan Landon who caught it to end the game.
i>SIOUX FALL, SD (July 26, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints have played 12 games in Sioux Falls Stadium this year against the Sioux Falls Canaries. They’re getting used to the friendly confines on the offensive side. The Saints blasted three home runs and got great relief from Nick Belzer and Jameson McGrane to take the rubber game of the three-game series against the Canaries 6-4 on Sunday evening.
The Saints jumped on Canaries starter Ty Culbreth in the second inning after he walked the leadoff hitter, Josh Allen, and John Silviano with one out. Mitch Ghelfi then went the opposite way with a three-run homer to right-center, his second of the season, to make it 3-0.
The Canaries got a three-run homer of their own in the fourth as Clint Coulter singled with one out. With two outs Logan Landon walked and Grant Kay followed with a three-run shot to right, his second of the season, tying the game at three.
The Canaries grabbed the lead on a miscue in the fifth. Andrew Ely led off the inning with a single to left and, with one out, Alay Lago singled him to second. Damek Tomscha then hit a high tapper back to the mound that Eddie Medina fielded, looked at second and decided to throw to first, but he threw it over the head of John Silviano allowing Ely to score making it 4-3. Saints starter Eddie Medina went 6.0 innings allowing four
i>FARGO, ND (July 28, 2020) – The last time the St. Paul Saints and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks matched up, the North Division Championship was on the line. There wasn’t as much at stake on Tuesday night at Newman Outdoor Field, but it was no less competitive. The Saints gave up four two out runs and fell just short to the RedHawks, 7-5.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Mikey Reynolds led off the game with a triple and Nate Samson knocked him home with a sacrifice fly.
The RedHawks answered in the bottom of the inning when, with one out, Trey Hair walked. Correlle Prime singled him to second and, with two outs, Leo Pina singled Hair home tying it at one.
In the second the Saints took the lead courtesy of the long ball. With one out Max Murphy walked and Troy Alexander drilled a two-run homer to right, his fourth of the season, giving the Saints a 3-1 lead.
It remained that way until the fifth when Dylan Kelly led off with a single. With two outs Hair singled Kelly to second. That was followed by RBI singles from Prim
i>FARGO, ND (July 29, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints came in to Wednesday night’s game with the top offense in the league hitting just a point below .300. Hits weren’t a problem on Wednesday night against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field. It was hits with runners in scoring position that were the issue. They outhit the RedHawks 13-7, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities and lost 4-2.
The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, in the only inning they would score, as Alonzo Harris led off with a walk. A ground out by Josh Allen moved Harris to second. Max Murphy made it 1-0 with an RBI single to center. After Murphy was caught stealing, John Silviano reached on an infield single off of pitcher John Anderson’s glove. A wild pitch sent Silviano to second and Mitch Ghelfi knocked him home with a single to left giving the Saints a 2-0 lead. Ghelfi finished the night 3-4 with a double and an RBI.
The RedHawks got one back in the third when Brennan Metzger walked with one out. Trey Hair then hit a ground ball to first that Silviano fielded while on his knees. He attempted to throw to second from that position, but threw it into left field allowing Metzger to take third and Hair second. Correlle Prime followed with an RBI single making it 2-1.
Saints starter Mike Devine was strong
i>FARGO, ND (July 30, 2020) – Maybe it was the sunlight beating down on a gorgeous day in Fargo. Maybe it was the fact they didn’t want to get swept. Or maybe it was the good news they received before the game that they would be playing at CHS Field this year. Whatever the reason, the Saints jumped on Tyler Pike early and, unlike the first two games in the series, hung on to win 5-2 on Thursday afternoon over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field.
The last time the Saints faced Pike was last season in Game 3 of the North Division Championship Series and he was perfect through six innings. They finally got to him in the seventh on that evening. On Thursday it took just two batters for the Saints to end any talk of perfection when Nate Samson singled to right-center. Chesny Young then walked and Chris Chinea made it 1-0 with an RBI double. After a fielder’s choice by Alonzo Harris, Josh Allen made it 2-0 on an RBI single to left.
The Saints took a 3-0 lead in the second on John Silviano’s line drive solo home run to left, his league tying sixth of the season.
Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman was once again solid and made just one mistake which came in the second. Christian Ibarra delivered a solo homer to left, his first of the season, making it 3-1.
i>FARGO, ND (August 1, 2020) – If the St. Paul Saints hope to make any noise in the American Association this season, they know their series against the top team in the league, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, is a big one. The Saints found out why the Goldeyes have the best record losing 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
The Goldeyes jumped on Saints starter Eddie Medina with two outs in the second inning when Roy Morales singled to right. Wed Darvill drilled an RBI triple to the gap in right-center making it 1-0. Kevin LaChance, who had been 0-12 this season against the Saints, reached on an infield single to short that drove home Darvill making it 2-0.
The Saints got one back in the third when Max Murphy led off with a single and scored on a one out double by Justin Byrd making it 2-1.
The Goldeyes put the game away in the fifth when they put up five runs. The inning started when LaChance walked. Darnell Sweeney singled him to second. With one out, Kyle Martin ripped an RBI double down the first base line making it 3-1. After an intentional walk to Logan Hill loaded the bases, John Nester made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly to center. Jordan George then deposited one over the right field wall, his third of the season, making it 7-1.
The Saints added a run in the ninth w
i>FARGO, ND (August 1, 2020) – It’s getting late early for the St. Paul Saints. As they near the halfway point of the season they are beginning to dig themselves a mighty hole to climb out of in hopes of making the playoffs for the third consecutive season. In Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Winnipeg Goldeyes their offense couldn’t muster much against Goldeyes starter Frank Duncan in a 5-2 loss on Saturday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field.
Nick Belzer got the start for the Saints and the Goldeyes got to him in the first inning with two outs. Eric Wood singled to right-center and Kyle Martin delivered a two-run homer to right, his fifth of the season, giving the Goldeyes a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Martin came calling again. Kevin LaChance led off by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Chesny Young. Darnell Sweeney followed with a single off of third base umpire Marty Bauer, putting runners at first and second. With one out, Kyle Martin ripped a double down the first base line scoring LaChance to make it 3-0. With two outs John Nester singled home a pair giving the Goldeyes a 5-0 lead. Belzer lasted 3.0 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits.
The Saints had some chances early on. In the first, Samson reached on an infield single and, with two outs, Chris Chinea got aboard on a fielding err
i>FARGO, ND (August 2, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints didn’t want to head back to CHS Field for the first time this year on a down note. They got an incredible pitching performance from starter Matt Solter and the bullpen, scored four runs in the 12th and defeated the top team in the league, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 5-1 in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field.
With the game tied at one in the 12th Josh Allen got things started with a one out single to right-center. Alonzo Harris then reached out and blooped a single into right-center sending Allen to third. After an intentional walk to John Silviano, Troy Alexander gave the Saints a 2-1 lead with a single into right. Mikey Reynolds hit a high chopper to third as Darnell Sweeney forced the runner at third, but Sweeney’s throw to first to try and get the double play skipped past Kyle Martin as Harris scored and Alexander took third and Reynolds went to second. Nate Samson sent a fly ball to right-center that hit the glove of Logan hill for a two-run error giving the Saints the four-run lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Saints were up against the Goldeyes lefty Mitchell Lambson, who had his worst professional outing against the Saints back on July 14 when they got to him for 10 runs. He was magnificent on Sunday as the Saints only got to him in the second. Josh Allen led
i>ST. PAUL, MN (August 4, 2020) – One month after the American Association season started the St. Paul Saints finally played in front of the home fans at CHS Field. All the pomp and circumstance of an Opening Day took place including the Championship banner raising ceremony. The game had all the drama of the last time the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks were at CHS Field, Game 5 of the North Division Championship Series. Similar to that memorable night, the Saints came from behind late and used a costly error to win the game 3-2 in front of 1,489, 11 shy the maximum 1,500 allowed.
With the Saints trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning Chesny Young was hit by a pitch with one out. Chris Chinea ripped a single into left moving Young to second. With two outs Max Murphy hit a chopper back to the mound, but as pitcher Brent Jones bent down to field it, the ball went through his legs for an error that loaded the bases. Alonzo Harris then hit a ground ball into the hole between short and third that shortstop Christian Ibarra fielded and his throw to second went into right field. Two runs scored on the infield single and error giving the Saints a one run lead.
In the ninth, Jameson McGrane came on to close it out. After striking out the leadoff hitter, Leo Pina followed with a single to center. McGrane then walked Dario Pizzano to put the go ahead runs on. Ibarra grounded out
i>ST. PAUL, MN (August 5, 2020) – St. Paul Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman didn’t have his best stuff on Wednesday night at CHS Field. He walked seven in 3.2 innings, but the bullpen picked him up allowing just a solo homer in the ninth over 5.1 innings of relief. That allowed the offense to find it’s groove in the eighth, coming from behind with just six outs to go for the second consecutive night in a 6-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in front of 1,393.
With the Saints down 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth Chesny Young led off with a walk against Tyler Wilson. Chris Chinea sent a single up the middle putting runners at first and second. The RedHawks went to their bullpen for closer Mitchell Osnowitz. He gave up a single to Josh Allen loading the bases. After a strikeout of Max Murphy, Alonzo Harris tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right as Chinea took third. John Silviano, with three defenders to the right and one on the left side, hit it away from the shift and singled to where the shortstop would normally be standing. That allowed Chinea to score and, as Allen took third, the throw from left fielder Forrestt Allday skipped into foul territory allowing Silviano to take second. That proved costly as Mitch Ghelfi singled both runners home giving the Saints a 6-3 lead.
Despite a leadoff homer from Allday in the ninth, the lone run the RedHawks
i>ST. PAUL, MN (August 6, 2020) – The St. Paul Saints had hopes of a three-game sweep against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Unfortunately, they ran into a red-hot pitcher in Matt Tomshaw. The Saints were blanked over the first eight innings and lost 10-2 on Thursday night in front of 1179 at CHS Field.
The Saints looked like they were going to hit Tomshaw as Mikey Reynolds and Nate Samson led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Tomshaw, however, retired the next three hitters to get out of the jam.
The Saints wouldn’t touch Tomshaw until the ninth as he allowed just two base hits from the second through the eighth, both to Reynolds on a one out double in the third and an infield single to short in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the RedHawks bats pounded out 15 hits and it started in the first against Saints starter Eddie Medina. Brennan Metzger led off the game with a single to left-center. Forrestt Allday was then hit by a pitch. With one out, Drew Ward doubled in a run to make it 1-0. A walk to Leo Pina loaded the bases and, with two outs, Christian Ibarra walked to force in a run and make it 2-0.
The RedHawks would add a run in the third on an RBI double from Metzger.
In the fifth Ward led off with a single and Pin
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