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Mistake Filled Game Costs Saints In 7-6 Walk-Off Loss To Goldeyes

ST. PAUL, MN July 6, 2019

The St. Paul Saints packed a seasons worth of mistakes into one night and yet still nearly won the game.  They committed three errors that showed up on the scoreboard and carried a one run lead into the ninth, but couldn’t hold it as a walk-off bases loaded walk cost the Saints, losing 7-6 on Saturday night at Shaw Park.

          With the Saints trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth Jeremy Martinez lined a one out pinch-hit single into right.  Max Murphy, who had another incredible night, walked to put runners at first and second.  After Dan Motl struck out, Brady Shoemaker drilled a ball to deep left-center that Tyler Hill raced back on, but couldn’t come up with the catch as he appeared to overrun the ball and the ball fell just in front of him for a two-run double giving the Saints a 7-6 lead.  Shoemaker went 1-2 with a double, two RBI and he was intentionally walked an American Association tying three times.  The only other player to receive the intentional free pass treatment three times was Dan Meier of Sioux City on July 8, 2006. 

          In the ninth Todd Van Steensel walked the leadoff batter Hill.  Kyle Martin dropped a broken bat single down the right field line that sent Hill to third.  Reggie Abercrombie then punched a line drive single to right scoring Hill and tying the game at six.  A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third.  Van Steensel settled down and got the next two hitters on a shallow fly ball to left and a pop up to him.  After an intentional walk to Hill loaded the bases, Van Steensen went 3-2 on Alex Perez before throwing a fastball outside of the zone for ball four and forcing in the winning run.  It’s the second time the Saints have been walked off this season.

          The Goldeyes jumped on Saints starter Tom Curtin in the first when Hill led off with a single to right-center.  He stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Caden Skinner.  With one out Willy Garcia doubled home Hill making it 1-0.  An infield single by Wes Darvill put runners at the corners.  Harris then hit a grounder to third and Chesny Young got Garcia into a run down as he was tagged out.  With runners at second and third and two outs Martin hit a grounder that tipped off the glove of Curtin and went for an infield single scoring Darvill giving the Goldeyes a 2-0 lead.

          The Saints put up three in the third as Murphy started the inning by being hit by a pitch.  Dan Motl doubled him home cutting the deficit to 2-1.  With two outs Chesny Young walked and Devon Rodriguez came through with an RBI single tying the game at two.  Steve Pascual then dropped an RBI single into right scoring Young making it 3-2.

          Back and forth it went as the Goldeyes tied it in the bottom of the inning as another mistake cost the Saints.  Perez led off with a single to center.  With one out, Darvill singled him to second.  With two outs Martin hit a comebacker that would have ended the inning, but he made contact with catcher Caden Skinner allowing Martin to reach on catcher’s interference, loading the bases.  Curtin then hit Abercrombie forcing in the tying run.  Curtin was removed for Karch Kowalczyk who got Hovey to ground out to end the inning.

          In the fourth Murphy doubled and scored on Motl’s single as they retook the lead 4-3.  Murphy went 3-3 with a career high three doubles and scored three runs.

          The lead lasted until the sixth when Kowalczyk, who pitched extremely well, walked Hovey and gave up a double to Kevin Garcia putting runners at second and third.  Mike Devine made his first appearance since coming off the inactive list, but he gave up a first pitch RBI single to Hill tying the game at four.  Perez then lined out to left.  Garcia bluffed tagging from third as Murphy threw a three hopper home, but Skinner had the ball glance off his mitt allowing Garcia to score making it 5-4 Goldeyes.

          The same two teams will meet Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Shaw Park for game four of the five game series.  The Saints send RHP Eddie Medina (4-1, 2.77) against Goldeyes LHP Ryan Johnson (1-3, 4.66).  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.