Brady Shoemaker RBI Single in 11th Gives Saints 4-3 Victory
A night after driving in three runs, St. Paul Saints slugger Brady Shoemaker delivered an RBI single in the 11th inning giving the Saints a 4-3 victory over the Gary Soutshore RailCats. Richard Prigatano led St. Paul offense with 3-hits and 2-runs scored, and Ryan Boelter earned his first victory of the season with two outstanding innings of relief.
After neither team was able to plate a run through the first two innings, both would get a single run in the third. In the top half of the inning, Josh Allen connected on his first home run of the season to put St. Paul on top 1-0.
The RailCats would get the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. John Price, Jr. started the inning off with a base hit to center before Cole Fabio walked. A sacrificed move both runners into scoring position and Price scored on a sacrifice fly by Randy Santiesteban to knot the game at one.
In the fifth, the St. Paul Saints would retake the lead. Richard Prigatano started the frame off with a single. Max Murphy then beat out a chopper and both runners moved into scoring position on an error. Gary Southshore starter Chuck Weaver was able to retire the next two batters, but Noah Perio, Jr. delivered a clutch single that scored both runners to put St. Paul on top 3-1.
Saints starter Jeff Malm was absolutely brilliant in his first start of the season, lasting 6.0-innings, while yielding just 2-hits and 2-walks. The bullpen took over from there, and found themselves in trouble in the bottom of the eighth. With two down, Mike Devine hit Santiesteban to keep the inning alive. A passed ball moved the runner to second before Garrett Copeland singled into right field, scoring the runner to make this a one run ball game.
In the ninth, St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis turned to his closer looking to finish off the contest, however, the RailCats would scratch out a run. With one down, Tom Wilhelmson hit D.K. Carey. Reggie Wilson followed with a base hit before Price drove home Carey with a sacrifice fly to tie the score at three.
The game remained tied into the 11th inning when the Saints would retake the lead. Prigatano singled to start off the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice. That brought Brady Shoemaker to the plate, who lined a base hit up the middle that scored Prigatano with the go-ahead run.
Ryan Boelter (1-0) had come on in the 10th and tossed a scoreless frame. He remained in the game, striking out the side in the 11th to preserve the 4-3 victory.
Richard Prigatano finished the contest 3-5 with 2-runs scored. Max Murphy was 2-5 with a run and Noah Perio, Jr. had a hit and 2-RBI. The Gary Southshore RailCats got 2-hits from both Garrett Copeland and Reggie Wilson.
The St. Paul Saints return home to take on the Chicago Dogs on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05.
By Robert Pannier