Jake Matthys, Two Saints Relievers Combine to Blank Goldeyes, 4-0
The St. Paul Saints entered Monday night’s competition with a magic number of three to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They were facing their nemesis in the Winnipeg Goldeyes, who would have loved to have dashed those playoff hopes, or at least delayed them for two games. However, Jake Matthys had other plans, blanking the Goldeyes for 7.2-innings, combining with two relievers on the 4-0 shutout. Max Murphy had the big hit of the game, a two-run triple.
Goldeyes starter Brennan Bernandino retired the first six batters he faced, but the St. Paul Saints would rally for three runs in the top of the third. Nathaniel Maggio started the inning with a single and moved to second when Trevor Sealey reached on an error. A sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position and Max Murphy followed with a shot to the wall in center that brought both runners in to give St. Paul a 2-0 lead. Murphy rolled into third with a triple and he would score on an infield single by Dan Motl. That extended the lead to three.
The Saints would add one more run in the seventh. Sealey led off with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice. With two down, Motl singled up the middle to extend the lead to four.
That was way more than enough support for Jake Matthys (). The right-hander was in complete command of this contest from the start, as the only trouble he found himself in was in the fourth when he gave up a single and a walk with one down, but then induced a double-play to get out of the frame.
Matthys came out after 7.2-innings. He yielded 4-hits and 3-walks, while striking out 3. He left with two down in the seventh and a runner on. Ken Frosch came on and got the final out of the eighth. In the ninth, Frosch retired the first batter and Beck Wheeler struck out the final two to complete the shutout, as the St. Paul Saints won 4-0.
Trevor Sealey led the offense, going 2-4 with 2-runs scored. Max Murphy scored a run and drove in two others. The only negative for St. Paul was that the 24 game hitting streak of Dante Bichette, Jr. came to an end.
The victory, coupled with a RailCats loss moved the Saints 2.0 games ahead in the North Division of the American Association. These two teams will complete their two-game set tomorrow. The Saints send RHP Trevor Foss (4-2, 2.98) to the mound against Goldeyes LHP Mitchell Lambson (8-5, 3.76). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00
By Robert Pannier