The St. Paul Saints beat the Cleburne Railroaders 10-3 on a steamy Wednesday afternoon at CHS Field to sweep the three-game series. This marked the first sweep for the Saints since they swept Wichita on June 4-6 in Wichita.

Cleburne jumped on the board first, as in the top of the first inning Trevor Sealy led off with a double to right-center field. After Angel Rosa struck out, Chase Simpson picked up an RBI with a double to left field that was misplayed by Burt Reynolds.

The Saints jumped on Cleburne starter Michael Gunn in the second, as Justin O’Conner singled to start the inning. After Dante Bichette Jr. struck out, Matt Snyder singled to left field. Gunn walked Anthony Phillips to load the bases for Max Murphy, who hit a bases-clearing double to right field to put St. Paul in front, 3-1.

From there, things went from bad to worse for Gunn, as he walked the next three batters. The third walk resulted in a run scoring, as well as manager Shelby Ford being ejected by home plate umpire Kevin Young for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout.

It also spelled the end of the game for Gunn, who was removed after that in favor of relief pitcher Patrick Young.

Young had some success in the inning, as the first batter he faced was Zach Walters, who grounded into a fielder’s choice to the first baseman who threw home to pick up the force out for the second out of the inning. He was able to escape the inning without any more damage when he got O’Conner to fly out to right field, but the damage had been done.

The Saints went back on the attack in the bottom of the fifth inning when O’Conner again started the inning with a hit, this one a double to left field. He scored when Bichette hit an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher.

After Snyder grounded out to first to advance Bichette, Phillips laced a double down the right-field line to score him. Phillips advanced to third on an infield single and scored on a sharp single to right field off the bat of Kyle Barrett. He was retired when Burt Reynolds grounded into an inning-ending double play.

After both the Railroaders and the Saints scored two runs in the seventh, the Saints brought in Mike Devine, who pitched a scoreless eighth before giving way to Andrew Thome.

Thome gave up a single to Rosa but allowed no runs to give the Saints their third straight win.

This was the first time the Saints have won three straight games since the aforementioned June 4-6 series against Wichita.

The Saints will take their winning streak on the road when they travel to Kansas City to take on the T-Bones in a three-game series. The Saints will open the series with LHP Chris Nunn on the mound, while the T-Bones have yet to announce who they will start. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.


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