Saint Paul, Minnesota - Bryan Sammons tossed six dominant innings for the Mud Hens. A costly Toledo error in the seventh inning helped the Saints score four unearned runs. The Saints defeated the Toledo Mud Hens 4-2 on Thursday night in front of 6,547. The Saints improved to 83-63 on the season.
Toledo got on the board in the first. Randy Dobnak had a rocky start. On the first pitch of the game Dobnak hit Nick Solak with the pitch. Next, Justyn-Henry Malloy walked. Colt Keith doubled, which allowed Solak to score. Toledo had a 1-0 lead. Dobnak settled down and got Eddys Leonard and Nick Maton to strike out swinging. Finally, Justice Bigbie flew out to right field to end the inning.
Dobnak pitched well the remainder of the way. Dobnak worked six innings while allowing one run on three hits. He struck out seven and walked four.
Andrew Bechtold came on in relief to pitch the seventh. Bechtold walked Dillon Dingler. Next, Michael Papierski singled and Solak walked to load the bases. Justyn-Henry Malloy hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which allowed Dingler to score. Toledo took a 2-0 lead. Bechtold got Colt Keith to ground out to second to end the inning.
Andrew Bechtold picked up his third win of the season. He pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit, while striking out one.
Bryan Sammons worked six innings and allowed no runs and four hits for the Mud Hens.
Andrew Vasquez entered the game in the seventh for Toledo. However, things fell apart for the Mud Hens, and it was not Vasquez's fault. Brooks Lee singled to lead off the inning. Later in the inning, Kyle Garlick reached on a fielder's choice. Mud Hens third baseman Justyn-Henry Malloy threw the ball into right field, which allowed Lee to come all the way from first to score and Garlick advanced to third. Next, Jair Camargo is hit-by-the-pitch. Gilberto Celestino stepped to the plate. Vasquez threw a wild pitch, which allowed Camargo to move to second and Garlick to score. The game was tied at two. Hernan Perez hit an RBI single to left, which allowed Camargo to score. The Saints took a 3-2 lead. Michael Helman singled, which knocked Vasquez out of the game. Garrett Hill entered the game and Hill allowed an RBI single to Byron Buxton (MLB Rehab Assignment). Buxton was replaced by Chris Williams, who was used as a pinch-runner. Joey Gallo walked before Brooks Lee grounded out to second to end the inning. St. Paul had a 4-2 lead. All four runs scored by the Saints on Thursday night were unearned.
Joey Gallo (MLB Rehab Assignment) went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and an RBI.
The Toledo Mud Hens and St. Paul Saints will meet in game four of a six-game series on Friday night at CHS Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. The Mud Hens are TBA while the Saints will send RHP Blayne Enlow (2-5, 7.87) to the mound. The game can be seen on the Saints Broadcast Network, MiLB.TV, and heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.