ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sioux Falls Pheasants starter Mark Michael tossed seven scoreless innings, and reliever Dusty Gobver finished off the St. Paul Saints in the Pheasants’ 8-0 victory Sunday afternoon in St. Paul. Michael (4-2) won his third straight start by scattering just three singles and facing five over the minimum. He walked only one and struck out five Saints for the Pheasants’ second shutout win of the year. In his last three outings, Michael has allowed just three earned runs in 21 innings of work. Joe Anthonsen was 2-for-2, walked three times and scored two runs. Sioux Falls cracked 14 hits total and played error-free defense to move within a game and a half of first place Winnipeg in the American Association North Division standings. The Pheasants (19-16) took the rubber game to clinch their third consecutive series and win the 12-game season series with St. Paul (17-17). The Birds beat their division rival seven times and will not play them again in the regular season. The Pheasants begin a 3 game series with the El Paso Diablos Tuesday in Sioux Falls.
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