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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Beaten By Not One, But Two Pitchers, Lose 4-2 To Explorers

ST. PAUL, MN July 3, 2017

So far the St. Paul Saints are 0 for the month of July.  For the first time this season they dropped their third straight game as former Saints pitcher Kramer Sneed pitched well and pitcher Bubby Rossman, playing first base, had a bases clearing double.  The Saints lost 4-2 at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park on Monday night.  The loss drops the Saints to 27-16, but they maintained their 5.0 game lead in the North Division.

 

          Sneed, who set the Saints franchise record for wins in 2015 and began 2017 with the team before being released, haunted his former team for the second time in five days.  His lone mistake came on a solo home run to Anthony Gallas in the second, his ninth of the season, to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. 

 

          Sneed wouldn’t allow another runner past second until the fifth when Jon Kristoffersen singled with one out and the next hitter Danny Oh was hit by a pitch.  Brady Burzynski’s grounder into the hole between short and third was backhanded by shortstop Nate Samson.  He threw to second to get the out.  There was no throw to first, but Kristoffersen took too wide of a turn at third and was thrown out for a double play.  Sneed went 7.0 innings allowing one run on six hits while walking one and striking out six to pick up his second win of the season, both against his former team.

 

          Saints starter Jason Creasy pitched well, but the Explorers got to him in the second inning when LeVon Washington and Dylan Kelly started the inning with back-to-back singles.  After Josh Vitters flew out to shallow center, Creasy walked the number eight hitter Jonathan Gonzalez.  That brought up a pitcher, Rossman, who was in the game because the Explorers didn’t have any other position players and he was forced to play first.  He worked the count full and then lined a bases clearing double to right-center giving the Explorers a 3-1 lead.  Creasy went 6.0 innings allowing three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five.

 

          The Explorers tacked on one more in the seventh against Connor Little, through no fault of his own.  With two outs Joe Bennie walked.  Washington then hit a routine fly ball to center, but centerfielder Kes Carter never saw the ball and it fell in allowing Bennie to score making it 4-1.

 

          The Saints made it a little closer in the eighth when Brady Shoemaker doubled and Gallas followed with an RBI single.  Gallas went 3-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.

 

          Tony Thomas’ 23 consecutive games reaching base safely came to an end as he went 0-4.

 

          The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (7-1, 3,04) to the mound against Explorers LHP Cody Forsythe (3-2, 4.47).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.