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Five-Run Third Does In Saints In 8-4 Loss To Dogs

ST. PAUL, MN August 2, 2019

With one final month left in the season the St. Paul Saints are going to see plenty of the Chicago Dogs.  The two teams will meet 10 times over the final 30 games. The Saints are hoping Friday night is not an indication of the next nine.  A five-run third inning was enough to bury the Saints as they lost 8-4 at Impact Field.  The loss drops the Saints to 44-27 and snaps their four-game winning streak and six game road winning streak.  It’s the sixth time this season the Saints have won four in a row.  They have yet to win five straight.

          The Dogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Victor Roache walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a double from Kelly Dugan.  A throwing error by shortstop Chris Baker on a ground ball from Gustavo Pierre scored Roache giving the Dogs a 1-0 lead.

          The third best offense in the league turned it on in the third.  With one out Saints starter Benji Waite hit David Olmedo-Barrera.  Jordan Dean doubled to straightaway center scoring Olmedo-Barrera making it 2-0.  Trey Vavra followed with an RBI single to right increasing the lead to 3-0.  Keon Barnum singled to center and Roache drilled a three-run homer to left, his 16th of the season, putting the Saints in a 6-0 hole.

          The Saints tried to chip away and got on the board in the fourth.  With one out John Silviano singled to center and Chesny Young walked.  With two outs, and runners at the corners, Jhonatan Solano drove home Silviano with a single to right making it 6-1.

          In the seventh the Saints got to within three when Michael Lang clubbed a two-run homer to left, his sixth of the season and first with the Saints, making it 6-3.  Lang finished the night a double shy of the cycle, going 3-5, with two RBI and a run scored.

          The Dogs, however, answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh.  With two outs and nobody on Dean reached on a fielding error by Blake Schmit at second.  Vavra made the error a costly one with an RBI double to right-center giving the Dogs a 7-3 lead.  After a walk to Barnum, Roache drove home his fourth of the night with an RBI single to left making it 8-3.

          The Saints scored the final run of the night in the eighth when Solano reached on an infield single to short.  He moved to third on a single by Baker and scored when Dan Motl’s grounder to short went under the glove of Pierre.

          The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Ryan Zimmerman (4-2, 3.48) to the mound against Dogs LHP D.J. Snelton (4-3, 4.22).  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.