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  • Minor League Report (9/24): Saints Win With Late Heroics

    Matt Braun

    It's fun when the only game results in a win.

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    Saints Sentinel 

    St. Paul 6, Indianapolis 3
    Box Score
    Ariel Jurado: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    HR: Michael Helman (14), John Andreoli (15)
    Multi-hit games: Roy Morales (3-for-4, 2 R), John Andreoli (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI)

    Indianapolis struck first, leaving St. Paul at a 1-0 disadvantage before the first inning concluded; a Brendt Citta line-drive single plated Tucupita Marcano, and Citta reached second after a flub from right-fielder Cole Sturgeon

    The Saints battled back; it took a few innings, but Sturgeon—perhaps looking to cancel out his error—broke the dam, tripling to right field while scoring two runs. Chris Williams knocked Sturgeon in with a well-placed groundball.

    Indianapolis jabbed back, nabbing a second run after a Marcano infield single. One inning later, a Mason Martin homer knotted the game at three.

    Undeterred, the Saints waited patiently, allowing innings to slip away harmlessly, leading the Guardians into an 8th-inning ambush. Michael Helman dealt the first blow; his solo homer out to right-center broke the tie and netted the speedy utility player his 14th bomb of the season. Three batters later, John Andreoli smoked a two-run shot to center, gifting the Saints the breathing room they needed; Indianapolis did not score in the final two innings.

    Ariel Jurado pitched five quality innings; July 14th was the last time he allowed more than two runs in an appearance. Ryan Jeffers caught the entire game and walked once in four trips to the plate. Evan Sisk and Brad Peacock both pitched a scoreless inning in relief. 

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Ariel Jurado
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – John Andreoli

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    11 hours ago, FlyingFinn said:

    Helman - 14 homers, 30 SB's, plays most any position defensively. With Gordon playing well, I still don't see him making it on the 40 man roster. Will someone take him in the Rule 5 draft.....

    No. If another team wants Helman I'm pretty sure they could get him for cash.

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    Did Sisk run over the Owner/FO dog or something? 

    The biggest mystery to me is why Sisk never got a look this season.

    I mean, if the FO office doesn't want to give him a look in a season like this with a bullpen like this, for the love of God.... set him free!

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