Milkmen Rally Falls Short, Saints Win 6-5
ST. PAUL, MN (June 9, 2019) – The St. Paul Saints got a powerful hitting performance from Brady Shoemaker, capitalized on one giant miscue and utilized the arm of their catcher, Jeremy Martinez, to take down the Milwaukee Milkmen on Sunday evening. In the end the Saints came out victorious, sweeping the three-game series, 6-5 in front of 7,230 at CHS Field.
The Saints got on the board in the first when Shoemaker blasted a solo homer to right, his fifth of the season, to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
That’s when the catcher Martinez took over. With one out in the third Cesar Valera singled to right-center. He then attempted to steal second, but Martinez made a perfect throw to second to nab Valera. With two outs Teodoro Martinez singled to right-center. He also attempted to steal second, but Martinez once again cut down the running game with a throw right on top of the second base bag to end the inning.
In the fourth with Jose Rosario at first and one out Martinez came calling again. Rosario took off for second and Martinez threw out his third base runner in as many tries. That gave the Saints momentum as they would add to their lead in the fourth.
Blake Schmit led off with a walk and Shoemaker came through again with an RBI double to right-center making it 2-0 Saints.
The Milkmen tied the game in the sixth as Martinez singled with one out. That was the last batter starter Nick Belzer faced as lefty Ken Frosch came in to face the left-hand hitting Manuel Boscan. Frosch got Boscan to fly out for the second out of the inning. That was the lone batter Frosch would face as Landon Beck took over. He gave up an RBI double to Jose Rosario and that was followed by an RBI single from Garrett Copeland tying the game at two.
The Saints answered in the bottom of the inning with one big error. Schmit led off with a single to right and advanced to second on a balk. Shoemaker gave the Saints the lead with an RBI double to right, making it 3-2. Shoemaker finished the night 3-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and a run scored. After a groundout by Burt Reynolds moved Shoemaker to third, the Milkmen went to their bullpen. Michal Scimanico walked the first two hitters he faced to load the bases. Chesny Young then hit a comebacker that Scimanico fielded and threw home for the second out of the inning, but Boscan’s throw to first went well over the first baseman Sam Ward’s head into the right field corner allowing Martinez and Josh Allen to score giving the Saints a 5-2 lead. A walk to Joey Wong put runners at first and second as Scimanico departed for Tanner Kiest. He walked Dan Motl to load the bases. Boscan then couldn’t handle a pitch by Kiest and Young scored on a passed ball to give the Saints a 6-2 lead.
In the eighth, the Saints bullpen was shaky for the first time in a while as Jordan Jess gave up a leadoff double to Boscan. With one out Copeland’s RBI double made it 6-3. Jess walked Nolan Earley and then Dan Ward made it 6-4 with an RBI single to right-center. Jess was replaced by Ryan Schlosser who got Adam Brett Walker to hit a slow roller to third that Young fielded and threw to first to just get Walker. Earley scored on the play to cut the Saints lead to one.
In the ninth Todd Van Steensel closed it out, but not before things got a little hairy. After getting the first two hitters, Boscan reached on a fielding error by Shoemaker at first. Rosario then singled to left putting runners at first and second. On the sixth pitch of the at bat to Copeland, Boscan stole third. Finally, on the ninth pitch of the at bat Van Steensel got Copeland to swing and miss to end the game.
The Saints are off on Monday and begin a three-game series on Tuesday against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The Saints are TBA while the RedHawks send LHP Will Solomon (1-1, 5.14). It is Larry Doby Passion for the Community Night. The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM and seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities.
By Sean Aronson