Eddie Medina, Bullpen Combine to Blank RailCats, 5-0

Eddie Medina, Bullpen Combine to Blank RailCats, 5-0Last season, Eddie Medina established himself as one of the best starting pitchers in the American Association, going 9-3 with a 3.08 ERA for the Wichita Wingnuts. Two starts into his St. Paul Saints career, the right-hander has picked up where he left off last year, winning his first game of the season by blanking the Gary Southshore RailCats for 7-innings in the 5-0 victory. Dante Bichette, Jr. drove in two runs and Kes Carter added his second homer of the season for St. Paul.

The St. Paul Saints would grab the lead early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. With one down, Max Murphy doubled into center and scored when Jayce Boyd delivered a two-out single to left to make it 1-0.

It would stay that way until the fourth, when the Saints would add to their lead. Boyd led off with a single the left and moved to third when Noah Perio, Jr. found the gap in right-center, turning his hit into a double. With runners at second and third, Dante Bichette, Jr. lined a single up the middle that scored both runners and the lead was three.

An inning later the lead became four. Murphy led off the frame with a deep drive into right-center that rolled all the way to the wall.  He raced into third with a triple and scored when Brady Shoemaker followed with a base hit to left field.

Eddie Medina: W (1-0), 7-IP, 6-H, 0-ER, 4-K

In the sixth, St. Paul would add one more insurance run. Lars Liguori retired the first two batters of the inning, but Josh Allen kept alive with a single into center field. He stole second and scored on a Richard Prigatano base hit to center to make it 5-0.

That was far more than enough support for Eddie Medina (1-0) on this night. The right-hander scattered 6-hits over 7-innings of work. He gave up back-to-back singles to start out the game before inducing a double play to end the threat. That started a run of 12 batters retired out of 13 that he faced, with the lone batter reaching on a single and he was later thrown out trying to steal seond.

In the top of the sixth, Medina yielded back-to-back singles to start the frame, but once again used the double-play to get himself out of trouble. The Saints starter went three batters over the minimum while striking out 4.

Max Murphy: 2-4, 2-R

Ken Frosch came on in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame, his fifth appearance this season without yielding a run. Tom Wilhelmsen came on in the ninth to finish off the first shutout of the season for the St. Paul Saints.

Max Murphy finished 2-4 with 2-runs scored and Dante Bichette was 1-4 with 2-RBI. Both Jayce Boyd and Noah Perio, Jr. had 2- hits apiece for the St. Paul Saints. Alex Crosby and Cole Fabio both had 2-hits for the Gary Southshore RailCats.

These two teams will continue their three-game set on Saturday. The St. Paul Saints will send Jeff Malm (0-0, 1.50) to the hill. He will be opposed by Jeff McKenzie (1-0, 1.50). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.


By Robert Pannier