Mark Hamburger set an American Association record with his 15th career complete game for the Saints, throwing 113 pitches in a 10-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Monday night in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Hamburger allowed only two singles through four innings, but gave up an RBI double to Dan Motl that cut the Saints’ lead to 2-1 in the fifth.
But the Saints gave him plenty of breathing room with a six-run seventh that included a three-run homer by Danny Oh, who drove in a career-high five runs, and run-scoring hits by Brady Shoemaker, Anthony Gallas and Tony Thomas.
Hamburger had to battle after retiring the first two hitters in the ninth, allowing back-to back singles to Patrick Fiala and Aaron Gretz before retiring B.J. Guinn on a pop fly to second.
Hamburger broke the record of Ben Moore, the current Canaries pitching coach.
Defending champ wins at MGA Players’
Defending champion Trent Peterson was one of three former champions to advance to the round of 16 at the MGA Players’ Championship at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City.
Peterson, who also won the 2008 championship, rolled past Bruce Johnson 7 and 6 before holding on for 1-up victory over Mark Giorgi in Round 2.
Also advancing were Joe McCormick, the 1990 champion, and 2012 champion Andy Jacobson.
Jacobson will face University of Minnesota golfer Charlie Duensing during the round of 16. Duensing defeated Riley Gannon before ousting Joe O’Brien, the 2016 Players’ runner-up.
Sammy Schmitz, a five-time MGA Player of the Year, will face Jamie Quesnel on Tuesday. Schmitz’s second victory was against Van Holmgren, who entered the tournament after winning the Class AAA individual title at Wayzata.
Noah Lawson defeated 2014 Players’ champion Johnny Larson before ousting defending Minnesota State Open champion Ben Greve in the afternoon. He will face Devon Johnson in the next round.
• Leigh Klasse and Barbara Miller advanced to the semifinals with victories at the MGA Senior Amateur Match Play Championship at Bent Creek Golf Club. Lynn Anderson and Brenda Williams will meet in the Tuesday’s other semifinal.