It’s Wong-Ball! Joey Wong Drives in Four to Lead Saints to 11-4 Victory
The St. Paul Saints had lost their last three games to the Sioux Falls Canaries, but the streak would not reach four. St. Paul scored seven runs in the third, and Dante Bichette, Jr. and Joey Wong each hit homers in the 11-4 victory. Eddie Medina won his eighth game of the season for St. Paul.
Neither team was able to get a run across the plate through the first two innings, with Mark Seyler retiring all six batters he faced. However, things unraveled for him quickly in the third.
After Nathaniel Maggio flew out to start the inning, Aaron Gretz singled up the middle. Joey Wong walked and Max Murphy then drilled a ball off the wall in right for a double. That scored both runners to put St. Paul on top 2-0. Kyle Barrett singled to move Murphy to third before Burt Reynolds walked to load the bases. Brady Shoemaker then grounded a single into left field, scoring both Murphy and Barrett to extend the lead to four. Two batters later, Dante Bichette, Jr. quickly turned on an 0-1 pitch, lining it over the wall in left for his fifth homer of the year to make it a 7-0 game.
In the fourth, the long ball would help the Saints extend their lead. Gretz led off with a double off the wall in right, bringing Wong to the plate. He worked the count full, then clubbed his first home run just over the wall in right-center to make it a 9-0 game.
In the top of the fifth, an error would allow the Canaries to get one of those runs back. With one down, Patrick Fiala reached on an error. He moved to third on a double by Dan Motl and scored on a David Bergin sacrifice fly.
The St. Paul Saints responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nathaniel Maggio singled and moved to third on the second double of the game by Gretz. Wong singled up the middle, scoring both runners to make put the Saints back on top 11-1.
The Canaries would get a run back in the top of the sixth. With one down, Mike Hart singled and Maxx Garrett walked to put two on. A fielder’s choice allowed Fiala to reach, loading the bases, and Hart scored on a wild pitch to bring Sioux Falls within nine.
Eddie Medina (8-4) came out after six. He allowed 5-hits, 3-walks, and an earned run. The righty struck out 6.
Mike Devine came on in the seventh, and the Canaries would pounce on him for two runs. Bergin led off the inning with a double and would come home when Jabari Henry launched his 11th homer of the year to cut the deficit to 11-4, however, Sioux Falls would get no closer.
Every player in the Saints lineup had at least one hit. Joey Wong was 2-3 with 2-runs and 4-RBI. Aaron Gretz was 3-3 with 3-runs scored. Dante Bichette, Jr. was 2-4 with a run and 3-RBI. Jabari Henry led the Canaries with 2-RBI.
The victory kept the St. Paul Saints in a first place tie with the Gary Southshore RailCats, who also won. The Saints and Canaries have an early afternoon affair on Wednesday. Ryan Zimmerman goes for the Saints. He will be opposed by Miles Nordgren. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.
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By Robert Pannier