St. Paul Saints starting pitcher Mike Devine hasn’t started a game since August 10, 2016. But one of the American Association’s top relivers over the last two seasons toed the rubber as a starter Sunday and delivered, going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out four.
It was enough for the 30 year old to earn the win, as visiting St. Paul (2-1) upended the Sioux Falls Canaries (1-2), 7-4, in front of 517 fans at the “Birdcage.” The Saints took the rubber game of the series, and the series itself, 2-1. .
Saints second baseman Josh Allen enjoyed a fantastic day, going 2-2 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, a stolen base, and three walks.
Jameson McGrane, who entered the game with two outs in the eighth and the tying run at the plate, locked down the save, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball while striking out three batters.
The Saints have Monday off and are back in action on Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium against the Canaries at 7:05 p.m., as the Saints will play their first home game in Sioux Falls. The Saints will send RHP Ryan Zimmerman (NR) against Canaries RHP Sam Bragg (NR). The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.
— Jerry Del Priore