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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Can't Hang On To Early Lead, Lose 7-6 In 11

ST. PAUL, MN August 26, 2017

The St. Paul Saints will not win the North Division for the third consecutive season.  It’s looking increasingly likely that they will not be in the playoffs either.  They had a 4-0 lead after an inning and a half, but couldn’t hang on and lost 7-6 in 11 innings on Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  The loss drops the Saints to 47-45 and they are officially eliminated from the North Division race. They are now 5.5 games behind the Kansas City T-Bones in the Wild Card race with just eight games remaining.


          With the game tied at six in the 11th, and two outs, Yhoxian Median singled off of Saints reliever Ivan Vieitez.  Chris Grayson then roped a game winning double into the gap in left-center field for the walk-off winner.


          The Saints were able to send the game into extras because of a Medina mistake in the eighth.  With the Saints trailing 6-5, JJ Gould led off with a single to left.  Tanner Lubach sacrificed him to second and he was there with two outs.  Mitch Delfino hit a grounder up the middle that Medina smothered as he moved to his left.  He attempted to throw the ball to first from his knees, but threw it away allowing Gould to score tying the game at six.


          The Saints jumped all over RedHawks starter Will Solomon in the first.  Tim Colwell, who went 4-6 with a double and three runs scored, led off the game with a single to right.  With one out Brady Shoemaker doubled Colwell to third.  A groundout by Dan Johnson scored Colwell making it 1-0.  Nate Hanson made it 2-0 with an RBI single to right.  Tony Thomas doubled Hanson to third and a wild pitch scored Hanson making it 3-0.


          In the second Colwell collected his second hit, an infield single to second, and scored on a double by Shoemaker giving the Saints a 4-0 lead.


          With Dustin Crenshaw on the mound, who tossed a 9.0 inning one-run complete game in his last outing, the Saints felt confident.  The RedHawks, however, chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the second.  Charlie Valerio doubled with one out and Keury De La Cruz made it 4-2 with a two-run homer to right, his seventh of the season.


          In the third the RedHawks got a run closer when Devan Ahart singled with one out.  He moved to second on a single by Medina and scored on Grayson’s single making it 4-3.


          In the fourth the RedHawks took their first lead of the night on another two-run homer.  Valerio doubled and, with two outs, K.D. Kang deposited one over the right field wall, his 10th of the season, giving the RedHawks a 5-4 lead.


          The Saints tied it in the sixth when Colwell doubled, stole third, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Shoemaker.  Colwell swiped a career tying high three bases and the Saints tied their season high with four.


          The RedHawks took back the lead in the seventh when Ahart led off with a double and was sacrificed to third.  After Grayson was intentionally walked, Josh Mazzola made it 6-5 with a sacrifice fly.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  The Saints are TBA while the RedHawks send RHP Jose Almarante (6-6, 3.71) to the mound.  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.