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Getting to CHS Field

Despite Giving Up Season Tying Low Five Hits, Saints Lose Seventh Straight 4-1

ST. PAUL, MN September 1, 2017

Jeff Malm carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but a 13-pitch at bat did him in.  Despite giving up a season tying low five hits, the St. Paul Saints offense continued to struggle and they lost for the seventh straight game, 4-1 to the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.


          Malm, starting just his second game of the season after pitching his first 10 out of the bullpen, cruised through the first four innings.  He was perfect through three, fanning three over that stretch.  In the fourth Cedric Hunter reached on a fielding error by first baseman Dan Johnson, but Malm got Marcus Lemon to fly out and ended the inning when Kevin Keys grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.


          In the fifth, with the Saints leading 1-0, Jordan Edgerton changed the entire complexion of the game.  He worked a 13-pitch at bat and on the 13th pitch lined a single into left, breaking up the no-hitter.  Nico Vasquez followed with a hard grounder to third that Nate Hanson fielded.  He fired a throw to second and Mitch Delfino caught the throw, stepped on second, but had trouble with the throw and couldn’t turn the double play.  That proved to be costly because Malm walked the next two hitters to load the bases.  Zane Chavez doubled home two runs giving the T-Bones a 2-1 lead.  A wild pitch scored Kyle Petty to make it 3-1 and, with two outs, Hunter’s RBI double gave the T-Bones a three-run lead.  Malm went 5.0 innings allowing four runs on three hits while walking two and striking out three.


          The Saints allowed hits in only one other inning, the eighth, when Chandler Hawkins gave up a leadoff single to Hunter, who was erased on a double play, and then a single to Keys. 


          The Saints offense, which had not scored a run in 19 straight innings, finally broke through in the third.  With one out Tim Colwell walked and stole second, his 20th of the season.  With two outs Brady Shoemaker walked and Dan Johnson ended the scoreless drought at 22 consecutive innings with an RBI single to right-center.


          The Saints would get just two other runners as far as second, Shoemaker in the fifth, who singled and advanced on a wild pitch, and a one out double by Delfino in the ninth.


          Saints reliever Brandon Peterson tossed 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings while walking one and striking out three.


          The seventh straight loss is tied for the fourth longest in franchise history.


          The same two teams meet in the second game of the four game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Jason Hoppe (0-3, 6.63) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Alex Blackford (1-2, 3.31).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.