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Getting to CHS Field

Costly Mistakes Hurt Saints In 5-4 Loss To Railcats

ST. PAUL, MN July 2, 2017

The errors continue to pile up for the St. Paul Saints and they added two more to their season tally of 44, tied for third most in the league.  Both proved costly as the St. Paul Saints fell 5-4 at the hands of the Gary SouthShore Railcats at CHS Field in front of a season high 10,143 on Sunday evening.  The loss dropped the Saints to 27-15 and reduced their lead in the North Division to 5.0 games.


          With the score tied at three in the sixth Kris Goodman hit a grounder to third, but Nate Hanson’s throw was high.  Tony Thomas leaped in the air, but as he came down to tag Goodman the ball came out as Hanson was charged with the throwing error.  James Alfonso’s double to right-center put runners at second and third.  That would be the night for Saints starter John Straka.  Ken Frosch came out of the bullpen and gave up a sacrifice fly to Ryan Fitzgerald to give the Railcats a 4-3 lead.


          In the bottom of the inning the Saints tied it with one swing of the bat as Anthony Gallas deposited a solo shot over the right field wall, his eighth of the season, making it 4-4.


          Another error in the eighth, however, proved too much for the Saints.  With reliever Vinny Nittoli on the mound Frank Martinez led off with a single to center.  Goodman singled to right and as Martinez headed to third Danny Oh’s throw skipped into foul territory allowing Martinez to score what proved to be the winning run.  The Saints have now allowed 30 unearned runs, third most in the American Association.


          The Railcats, who have the third fewest home runs in the league, hit two long balls off of Straka.  In the first Colin Willis hit a solo home run to right-center, his fifth of the season, to make it 1-0.


          In the second Goodman hit his first of the season, a solo shot to right, giving the Railcats a 2-0 lead.


          The Saints, who lead the league in long balls, tied it in the bottom of the second when Gallas singled and Tony Thomas followed with a two-run homer to right-center, his 11th of the season.


          In the third the Railcats took a 3-2 lead when Reggie Wilson singled with one out.  He stole second and scored on a two out double by Maritnez.  Straka went 5.0+ innings allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits while walking two and striking out two.


          The Saints tied it in the fifth when the Railcats committed an error of their own.  With Tanner Vavra on at first Nate Hanson dropped a fly ball single into shallow right field.  As Vavra raced to third Wilson’s throw to second was airmailed and went into foul territory in right field enabling Vavra to score.


          The Saints begin a three game series beginning Monday night against the Sioux City Explorers at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Jason Creasy (4-3, 5.14) against Explorers LHP Kramer Sneed (1-1, 6.90).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.