Saints Blanked For First Time This Season, Lose 8-0 25 Jun 12

ST. PAUL, MN (June 24, 2012) – St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis juggled the line up around on Sunday afternoon at Midway Stadium. He may need to juggle it around again as the Saints were blanked for the first time this season and collected just four hits, the fewest hits in a nine inning game this season, losing 8-0 to the Sioux Falls Pheasants in front of 5,107.

The Saints offense, which collected just two hits through the first six innings last night before the offense awoke in the seventh and eighth, managed just four singles on Sunday. They had just one inning in which more than one runner was on base and were retired in order in five of nine innings and never sent more than five men to the plate in any inning. Adam Frost reached on an infield single in the first, stole second and advanced to third on a fly out, the only runner to reach third.

In the third, Jim Rapoport reached on a two out single and Frost walked, but Ole Sheldon flew out to the wall in center to end the inning.

The only other two hits came in the sixth on a single from Rapoport and a one out single by Jon Townsend in the eighth. In all Pheasants starter Mark Michael went 7.0 shutout innings allowing three hits while walking one and striking out five. Dusty Gober pitched the final 2.0 innings giving up one hit while striking out two.

On the other end the Pheasants pounded out 14 hits with everyone, but Al Quintana collecting a hit. Cory Morales went 4-6 with three RBI and a run scored.

The Saints started former St. Thomas University All-American and Twins farmhand Matt Schuld. In his first start of the season he looked sharp. He gave up a run in the first on back-to-back singled by Morales and Jared Bolden and an RBI ground out by Cesar Nicolas. The only other run he gave up came in the third on back-to-back doubles by Nicolas and Cristian Guerrero. Schuld went 5.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.

The Saints have Monday off and begin a three game series against the team with the best record in the American Association the Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Tuesday. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (3-2, 3.57).