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  • Saints Continue Winning Ways Into June

    Ben Szeremeta

    On Friday, June 5th the Saints opened their second home stand at CHS Field. The Sioux Falls Canaries and Joplin Blasters visited St. Paul for three games apiece. Both teams were quickly sent packing by your number one team in the American Association. The Saints continued their amazing start to 2015, winning five of the six games.

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    In the first series the Saints took two of three from the Canaries. They used a great diving catch by right fielder Mike Kvasnicka to end game one. Then a lights out start by Dustin Crenshaw took game two. The second win tied the team’s single season record for longest winning streak at ten.

    Next up were the Blasters who came to town in second place in the South Division. The Saints offense was clicking on all cylinders as they won two of the games by five runs each. With sweeping the series our boys of summer have now swept four of six series this season. Let that sink in. Four of six series. Wow.

    My MVP for the home stand is Dustin Crenshaw. Now I know what you’re thinking, how can a pitcher who only started one game get my MVP? Well, let me tell you about Crenshaw's Saturday night. He gave up a single in the first. Then induced a 6-4-3 double play to erase it. He gave up a one-out triple in the second. Then Willie Argo caught a fly ball in left field and gunned down the runner trying to tag from third for a 7-2 double play.

    After that, Crenshaw shut down the Canaries the rest of the way all by himself, retiring the final 22 batters in a row and leading the Saints to a 2-0 victory in only two hours and two minutes! To show how fast the game was, the average MLB game takes two hours and 54 minutes. Crenshaw's impressive line for the night: 9IP, 2H, 2K, 0BB, 88 pitches. Great game Dustin!

    No home stand recap would be complete without a little talk about the offensive side of the ball. Ian Gac and Angelo Songco once again led the way for the Saints. Songco smashed two home runs, had eight RBI, and hit .304. Meanwhile, Gac continued his torrid start to the season with five doubles, four RBI, and hitting .347. He also had at least one hit in each game of the series.

    Highlights from the week's entertainment included Friday night fireworks accompanied by Grateful Dead music. It was a really groovy mix, man. The colors and the music just blended too.... Whoa. Flashback. Sorry about that. During the game the Saints wore special tie-dyed jerseys that fans could bid on in a silent auction. All jerseys were signed by a player or coach after the game

    Bring-your-dog-to-the-park day was a hit like always. It is so much fun to see so many different breeds of dogs interacting with each other. There was everything from a gigantic Mastiff to a tiny Chihuahua.

    We decided for this home stand, and for the rest of the year, we were going to pick a new section to sit in for a couple of innings during each series. We figure this is a great way to meet new people and to experience the awesomeness of CHS Field from every angle. This time we got hooked on the third base line and left field. First, we sat in sec. 118 row 1. I must say first row seating at field level is a wonderful thing. You can really see the speed of the game. Next we sat on the drink rail next to the Beer Dabbler with a couple of new friends. This is one of the best views in the ballpark. You have the downtown skyline above the park one way and twenty one different craft beer taps to choose from the other way. Perfect.

    A new thing we learned about CHS Field is that you are not safe from foul balls just about anywhere in the park. That and I think we had a baseball magnet on our heads for a couple of games. First we had one land literally right between our seats. I protected Steph from it but in the process figured out that a phone is not the same as a glove. It's a long story, best told over a beer sometime. Luckily the phone still works. Kids, this is why you buy a good case.

    Next we had a couple more land within ten feet of us by the main gate in deep right field. Then we had one land on the roof above us, hit something, and come back down a few seconds later. It landed two seats down from me. I've never been closer than 10-15 rows from a foul ball before at any pro game. That week we had for four in two games.

    Once again tailgating was a big part of our weekend at the field. We had a great time with our normal crews and were even joined by Seigo Masubuchi and Sister Ros one evening at the Candy Lady's spot. On Saturday night we had the pleasure of chatting with Saints Manager George Tsamis and hitting coach Ole Sheldon at the 10th Inning Stretch. It was great seeing them in the lot again and talking baseball with them and good friends Kevin Luckow and Bill Tyler (10th Inning Stretch tailgating founders).

    Looking to keep the good vibes going, the team hit the road for seven games in seven days. The first four against the Sioux Falls Canaries and the last three versus the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The Saints proved it doesn't matter what country they’re in, the results are the same. They win. Taking three of four and two of three on this road trip, they have not lost a series all season. A stat worth mentioning from the trip is catcher Vinny DiFazio has an RBI in seven straight games and finished the last two games with four hits in each.

    At 22-4 I've run out of sports clichés to describe how good the team is playing. So I think I'll go with their playing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Yep, that about sums it up.

    The hottest team in baseball returns home for six straight starting Friday, June 19th, with the Saints taking on the the top two teams in the Central Division. The Gary Southshore Railcats (2nd) and the Sioux City Explorers (1st) visit CHS Field for what should be a great week of baseball. With rain in the forecast for a couple days this seems like a perfect time to fill you in on one on the best features of the new ballpark. The covered concourse stretching from first base to third base. You can still see the game while not getting wet. I think that takes away the "I'm not going. It's going to rain" excuse.

    So there you have it. Great baseball, not getting wet if it rains, and fun promotions once again. Click here for tickets, and we'll see you there.

    Go Saints!


    Rain or shine the fun goes on for the Saints. 'Merica night (Saturday, June 20th), Replica Jersey night where the first 750 kids and 750 adults get the giveaway (Sunday, June 21st), and a visit from John Moe host of Wits for a night of comedy (Wednesday, June 24th) highlight the six day home stand. Get your tickets here!

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