ST. PAUL, MN (June 6, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints showed no signs of being sleep deprived after a long day of travel from the east coast. That was because Saints pitcher Robert Coe was dominant in tossing his second career complete game shutout and first of the nine inning variety, a three-hit, nine strikeout performance in a 4-0 win over the Sioux City Explorers on Friday night at Midway Stadium in front of 4,322.
Coe allowed just one runner as far as second base, a two out double to Nate Samson in the first. The only other hits he gave up were a one out single to Todd Jennings in the third and a one out single to Dillon Usiak in the eighth. Coe put an exclamation point on the evening by striking out the final hitter, Andres Perez, his career high ninth. Coe threw 120 pitches, an astounding 85 for strikes. He surpassed his career high of eight, which he set in his previous start on June 1 at New Jersey. Coe’s other complete game shutout came in game one of a double header on June 5, 2012 at Newark when he tossed 7.0 shutout innings giving up three hits.
The Saints offense didn’t appear fatigued either pounding out 12 hits and getting Coe all the run support he needed in the third. Angelo Songco led off with a single. Joey Becker followed with a single, but Songco was thrown out trying to go to third while Becker took second on the play. Dwight Childs put the Saints on the board with an RBI double to make it 1-0. Devin Thaut’s single moved Childs to third and a sacrifice fly by Joe Bonfe gave the Saints a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth Willie Cabrera hit an opposite field home run, his third of the season, to make it 3-0.
The Saints finished the scoring in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Evan Bigley.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday evening at Midway Stadium at 7:05 p.m. The Saints send RHP Nick Barnese (1-1, 5.14) to the mound against Explorers RHP Kohei Tsukada (1-1, 1.62). The Saints celebrate the 30thAnniversary of the movie Ghostbusters with a Bill Murray T-Shirt giveaway to the first 1,000 fans.