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Getting to CHS Field

Saints 100th Home Run of the Season Not Enough In 6-3 Loss

ST. PAUL, MN August 18, 2017

Recently, the St. Paul Saints have faced a number of top 10 pitchers in the American Association.  Unfortunately, they have not fared very well and it happened again on Friday night at CHS Field.  Patrick Mincey, the 10th best pitcher in the league, was strong over 7.0 innings and the Saints lost 6-3 to the Cleburne Railroaders in front of 8,657.


          The Saints started their ace, Mark Hamburger, on three days’ rest for his third consecutive start.  The Railroaders jumped on Hamburger in the first for back-to-back hits to start the night, but the next three hitters went down in order.


          In the second Hamburger wasn’t as fortunate. Mitch Abeita got things started with a one out single.  K.C. Huth followed with a double off the right field wall to put runners at second and third.  The number nine hitter, Alex Polston who was hitting .203, lined a two-run single to center giving the Railroaders a 2-0 lead.


          The Saints got to Mincey in the second with one swing of the bat.  Anthony Gallas singled with one out and, with two outs, Kes Carter drilled a two-run homer to right-center, his seventh with the Saints and 12th of the year, tying the game at two.  The home run was their league leading 100th of the season.  The Saints have now hit 100 home runs in three straight seasons, the only time the Saints have hit the triple-digit mark in their franchise history.


          The Railroaders took the lead for good in the third when, with one out and one on, Pichi Balet singled to left putting runners at first and second.  Axel Johnson hit a grounder to first baseman Mitch Delfino, but his throw to second pulled JJ Gould off the bag and the bases were loaded.  A sacrifice fly by Abeita gave the Railroaders a 3-2 lead.


          In the fifth the Railroaders made it 4-2 when Mitch Glasser walked and moved to second on a wild pitch.  A ground out advanced him to third and Glasser scored on a sacrifice fly from Geraldo Valentin.


          In the seventh the Railroaders added two more against Hamburger.  With one out Glasser walked.  Van Stratten laid down a bunt in front of the plate, but Maxx Garrett’s throw to first pulled Delfino off the bag and Glasser took third.  A two-run double by Valentin made it 6-2 Railroaders.  Hamburger went 6.1 innings allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits while walking two and striking out two.


          The Saints scored their final run in the bottom of the seventh when Brady Shoemaker led off with a double to left-center.  With two outs Carter drilled a deep fly ball to center that Huth grabbed, but ran into the wall and dropped it.  Shoemaker scored on the Carter triple.  Carter finished the night 2-3 with a triple, home run, three RBI and a run scored. Mincey went 7.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six.


          Saints reliever Ivan Vieitez was solid going 2.2 shutout innings allowing one hit and striking out one.


          The same two teams meet in the second game of the three game series at CHS Field on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Benji Waite (4-4, 3.75) to the mound against Railroaders RHP Laetten Galbraith (1-1, 4.02).  It is True North Part II presented by Valleyfair.  The Saints and Railroaders will change names tomorrow with the Saints going by the St. Paul Duck Duck Gray Ducks and the Railroaders will be the Cleburne Duck Duck Goose.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on BOB FM.