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Getting to CHS Field

Carter Homers In Debut, But Saints Fall A Run Short 4-3

ST. PAUL, MN July 1, 2017

Kes Carter welcomed himself to his new team with a three-run home run and had a chance to write the perfect ending, but the St. Paul Saints came up just short.  In front of 8,289 at CHS Field the Saints fell to the Gary SouthShore Railcats 4-3 on Saturday night.  With the loss the Saints fell to 27-14 and had their lead in the North Division drop to 6.0 games.


          With the Saints down by a run in the bottom of the ninth, and facing the Railcats ace Charle Rosario, Nate Hanson and Brady Shoemaker started with back-to-back singles putting runners at first and second.  Rosario departed after 105 pitches and the Railcats went to closer Drasen Johnson.  He struck out Anthony Gallas and Tony Thomas.  That brought up Carter.  Johnson would get Carter to fly out to left to end the game.


          The Railcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead, on Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman, in the second when Ryan Fitzgerald doubled with two outs and scored on a bloop single to right by John Holland.


          In the third the Railcats added two more as Reggie Wilson led off with a single to right-center.  Colin Willis moved him to second with a single to center.  With two outs Andy DeJesus walked to load the bases and that brought up James Alfonso who entered play 4-22.  He singled to left knocking home a pair, giving the Railcats a 3-0 lead.


          In the fifth the Railcats made it 4-0 when Willis doubled and Frank Martinez added an RBI single.  Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on 10 hits while walking two and striking out one.


          The Saints had trouble all night long against Rosario who started the game by striking out the first five batters he faced.  Thomas reached on a two out infield single to short in the second, but Rosario got Carter to foul out to end the inning.


          Rosario retired seven in a row until the fifth when Gallas led off with a single to left.  Thomas followed with a liner into left that put runners at first and second.  Carter then worked the count full and deposited one over the right field wall, his sixth of the season and first with the Saints, to cut the deficit to one.


          Rosario retired 12 of the next 13 before the ninth inning and would go 8.0+ innings allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out eight to pick up his fourth victory of the season.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. at CHS Field.  The Saints send RHP John Straka (3-4, 5.56) to the mound against Railcats LHP Alex Gunn (2-3, 4.34).  Following the game is a Monster Food Truck Rally and then the Post-Game Fireworks Super Show.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.