Rosemont, Ill. – Trevor Simms pitched six and two-thirds quality innings, but the Chicago bats went quietly Thursday night as the St. Paul Saints defeated the Dogs 3-1 in the opener of a three-game series at Impact Field.
St. Paul starter Trevor Foss tossed six and one-third strong innings of his own, and the Saints bullpen recorded the final eight outs, all via strike outs, to secure the fourth win in a row for St. Paul.
St. Paul scored first Thursday on an RBI fielder’s choice from Max Murphy to plate Justin O’Conner from third base in the top of the third inning. St Paul then padded their cushion on an O’Conner RBI single in the top of the seventh to make the score 2-0.
The hit was part of a 2-3 night for O’Conner, and a 7-14 night from the St. Paul six through nine hitters.
The Dogs slashed the deficit in half on a Stephen Perez RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Tony Rosselli from second base. Perez then stole second base to move the tying run into scoring position, but Saints reliever Beck Wheeler punched out two Dogs to end the threat.
Rosselli finished the game 3-4 with a double, and Joe Benson went 2-4 out of the leadoff hole.
The Saints tacked on a run of insurance in the top of the ninth inning, and Ken Frosch and Zack Jones recorded the final five outs to end the game.
The Dogs fall to 39-50 on the year with the loss, while St. Paul moves to 53-37 on the season with the victory. The two teams will resume their series Friday night at Impact Field.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The first 1,500 young fans through the gates will receive a Chicago Dogs backpack presented by Coca-Cola. Tickets are available in line at the Impact Field Ticket Office and online at www.thechicagodogs.com/tickets/
The game will broadcast at www.thechicagodogs.com/broadcasts/ with the Crowne Plaza Pregame Show beginning at 6:45 p.m.