Saints inch closer to Division Title, set new records 11 Aug 15

ST. PAUL, MN (August 10, 2015) – The St. Paul Saints can clinch a North Division title on Tuesday night in Sioux City against a team that is even hotter than they are at the moment.  After a three-game sweep of the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Monday night, a 7-1 victory, the Saints dropped their magic number to two, improved to 58-16 and won for the 10th straight time tying the longest winning streak in a single-season.  It was also their second 10 game winning streak of the season.

                Coming off of a complete game, one hit shutout Robert Coe was once again masterful against the Goldeyes.  He allowed just one hit through the first 6.0 innings on Monday night, a two out single to Brad Boyer in the second.  His offense got him all the run support he needed in the fourth inning.

                Goldeyes starter Matt Jackson retired the first eight men he faced before walking Anthony Phillips with two outs in the third and finally gave up his first hit with one out in the fourth, a single to Vinny DiFazio.  Angelo Songco reached on an infield single and, with two outs, Joey Paciorek walked after falling behind 0-2.  With the bases loaded Ryan Lashley also fell behind 0-2 before drawing the count full.  He then ripped a bases clearing double to right-center to give the Saints a 3-0 lead.  Lashley finished the night 2-3 with four RBI and a run scored.

                It stayed that way until the seventh when Coe walked Reggie Abercrombie with two outs and gave up an RBI double to Boyer to make it 3-1.

                The Saints responded in the bottom of the inning with three more of their own.  Lashley led off with a single to center and was sacrificed to second.  Anthony Phillips singled to left putting runners at the corners with one out.  Alonzo Harris made it 5-1 with a two-run double down the left field line.  Dan Kaczrowski then singled to right center and the ball skipped under the glove of Abercrombie allowing Harris to score making it 6-1.

                In the eighth Coe appeared to tire after falling behind in the count to the first two hitters, giving up a leadoff single to Ryan Babineau and getting Adam Heisler to fly out to left.  He departed for reliever Mike Zouzalik who retired the only two men he faced.  Coe went 7.1 innings allowing one run on three hits while walking three and striking out five while improving to 8-3 and lowering his ERA to 2.77.

                The Saints can clinch the North Division with a win on Tuesday night against the Sioux City Explorers, who are 54-18 and have won 13 straight, and a Winnipeg loss at home against the Sioux Falls Canaries.  The Saints begin the three game series against the Explorers at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night at Lewis and Clark Park. The Saints send RHP Dustin Crenshaw (12-1, 1.97) against Explorers RHP Eric Wordekemper (4-2, 5.44).

ST. PAUL, MN (August 10, 2015) – When all is said and done the St. Paul Saints won’t be just the top drawing team in the American Association, but they will be one of the most watched teams in all of minor league baseball.  With 8,419 in attendance on Monday night the Saints have now drawn 299,093 at CHS Field, surpassing their franchise record, and American Association record, of 297,834 in 2007.


            It has been an incredible season at CHS Field as the Saints have set their record attendance in just 37 games.  The Saints have averaged 8,084 this season, over 2,800 fans more per game than their next closest pursuer in the American Association, the Winnipeg Goldeyes. 


            In the 37 games played at CHS Field the Saints have been over the 7,210 person capacity 34 times including a franchise record 9,960 on July 4.  More than 8,000 fans have entered the gates 17 times including the last seven home games.


            Only 28 teams in all of minor league baseball have drawn more fans than the Saints this season, but only eight have a higher average attendance than the 8,084 of the Saints.  All of the teams that have outdrawn the Saints are in affiliated baseball, 16 of those are Triple-A franchises where seating capacity is larger, and have played at least 20 more home games than the Saints. 


            If the Saints keep on their current pace they will draw more than 400,000 fans for 2015.  Only 28 teams in all of minor league baseball, all affiliated teams, drew more than 400,000 in 2014.  Only 10 teams averaged more than 8,000 fans per game last season, nine of them were Triple-A teams.  The lone non Triple-A team was the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League.


            While the largest attendance in Saints history was in 2007, the highest average attendance per game was 2001 when they averaged 6,423.  They drew 282,613 in 44 openings.  The Saints have drawn 100% capacity or more in 10 of 22 previous seasons.  In their 23 seasons the Saints have drawn 5,794,735.


            The Saints have 13 home games remaining, a six game homestand from August 18-23 and a seven game homestand from September 1-7.


Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value.  Tickets begin at $5 for berm seating (available on day of game), $6 for bleacher seats, $12 for the drink rail, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for infield reserved and $18 for home plate reserved.  Friday Home Games with Post-Game Fireworks are an additional $2 per ticket.  Post-Game Fireworks Supershows (September 6) are an additional $3 per ticket.  Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket.  Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price.  Children under 2 that don’t require a seat are free.  To learn more about premium areas, please call 651-644-6659.


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