The St. Paul Saints’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in relief of starter Josh Winder after he left the game in the third inning after being struck by a line drive.
Saints relievers combined for seven shutout innings in a 4-2 win over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night at Principal Park in Des Moines.
Winder, who was on a pitch count ahead of his appearance in the Futures Game on Sunday in Denver, was struck by a line drive by Tyler Ladendorf leading off the third inning. The ball appeared to hit the side of the neck/ear area and ricocheted toward third baseman Jose Miranda.
Winder left the game under his own power.
Saints reliever Juan Minaya gave up a single and wild pitch that allowed Ladendorf to score, a run that was charged to Winder.
Minaya threw two scoreless innings, followed by scoreless efforts by Andrew Vasquez (1L), Yennier Cano (2L) and Nick Vincent (1L), who earned his third save of the season.
The Saints grabbed the lead with a three-run fourth inning. Brent Rooker drove in a run with a double, Mark Contreras had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Damek Tomscha had a run-scoring single.