The Saint Paul Saints (5-5) had four players who recorded three hits apiece, powering the team to a 16-9 romp over the Winnipeg Goldeneyes (5-5) in their first “home” win of the season Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Third baseman Chesny Young went 3-5 with a solo home run, four RBI, and two runs scored. Centerfielder Mikey Reynolds posted a 3-6 night with a run scored, while left fielder JC Millan recorded a 3-4 performance with a two-run shot, two RBI and two runs scored.
But it was designated hitter Chris Chinea, who earned the Enbridge Player of the Game honors, that set a franchise-record-tying three doubles (3-5) with an RBI and two runs scored on the night.
The Saints recorded a organizational-best ten hits in the fourth inning while plating ten runs.
Eight of the nine St. Paul hitters collected a knock, with all eight enjoying a multi-hit game, eight of nine having an RBI, and eight of nine scoring a run.
Right-hander Matt Quintana (1-1) picked up the victory for the Saints with four runs–three earned–on four hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts in five innings of work.
Lefty hurler Mitchell Lambson (2-1) took the loss for Winnipeg after giving up ten runs–eight earned–on 11 hits and a walk in 3.2 frames pitched.
The same two teams meet in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. St. Paul sends righty pitcher and Staten Island native Eddie Medina (0-1, 6.55) to the bump against right-hander Frank Duncan (1-1, 7.45). The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM and seen at aabaseball.tv.
— Jerry Del Priore