The St. Paul Saints have been struggling of late, entering Monday night’s game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes as losers of seven of their last eight games. That has seen them fall from a comfortable lead in the North Division of the American Association into a tie with the Goldeyes for first place. Thanks to a dominating performance by starter Edwin Carl, Winnipeg now finds themselves on top after a 10-1 victory that included 4-RBI from Mason Katz.
Ryan Zimmerman started for St. Paul and he was in serious trouble from the very start. In the bottom of the first, Andrew Sohn, who was named the Player of the Week earlier in the day, was hit by a pitch to start the frame and moved to third on a base hit by David Rohm. Josh Romanski followed with a base hit to left that scored Sohn and it was 1-0 Winnipeg. Next up was Reggie Abercrombie, who drilled a double into center that scored both runners to extend the lead to three. Shawn Pleffner and David Bergin then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, and Wes Darvill’s sacrifice fly brought Abercrombie home. A sacrifice fly by Mason Katz scored Pleffner to make it 5-0.
In the second, the Goldeyes extended their lead to seven. Sohn singled to right to start the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Josh Romanski walked with two down and Abercrombie followed with a walk to load the bases again. The third sacrifice fly of the game, this time by Pleffner, brought home Sohn and Romanski scored on a base hit by Bergin. That made it 7-0.
In the fifth, Bergin led off with a single and moved to second when Darvill followed with a base hit of his own. That brought Katz to the plate, who drilled his ninth home run of the season to make it 10-0.
That was plenty enough support for Edwin Carl (6-1). The right-hander was in complete command of this game, allowing just four hits through the first seven-innings of the game. The Saints had a couple of innings where they were able to get two runners on base, but the Winnipeg starter always found a way to end the inning without yielding a run.
In the eighth, St. Paul would finally get on the board. With one down, Brady Shoemaker hit his team-leading 14th homer of the year to make it 10-1. The Saints would get no closer.
Carl left after 7.2-innings. He allowed 6-hits and a run. He also issued 4-walks while striking out 3. Daniel Minor finished off the eighth, and Victor Capellan pitched a scoreless ninth to finish out the game.
Mason Katz ended the day 1-3 with a run and 4-RBI. David Bergin was 2-2 with a run and an RBI. He also drew a walk. Brady Shoemaker led the Saints offense, going 2-3 with a run and an RBI.
Game 2 of this three-game set is tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
By Robert Pannier