Getting to CHS Field

Saints Close Longest Roadtrip of Season With 8-3 Win

ST. PAUL, MN June 10, 2017

The St. Paul Saints can feel good about their longest roadtrip of the season.  They closed it out with an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night.  They finished the trip 9-4, improved to 15-8 on the season and regained sole possession of first place in the North Division.


          All nine Saints collected a hit, as they pounded out 15, and they got on the board in the third.  Jon Kristoffersen, mired in a 2-28 slump, broke out in a big way with a double into right field.  With Kristoffersen at third and two outs Breland Almadova extended his hitting streak to a team season high eight with an RBI single to left to make it 1-0.


          The Saints used the long ball in the fourth to put up four runs as Anthony Gallas singled and Tony Thomas crushed one over the center field wall, his sixth of the season, to make it 3-0 Saints.  Two batters later Maxx Garrett, who was activated as a catcher prior to the game, hit a solo homer to left, his first of the season, to make it 4-0.  With runners at first and second and two outs Almadova came through again with an RBI single to make it 5-0.  Almadova finished the night 3-5 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.  He now has multi-hit games in five of his last six.


          The T-Bones showed signs of life in the bottom of the fourth when Kevin Keyes reached on a one out single to left.  Zach Walters then drilled a two-run homer to right, his sixth of the season, to make it 5-2.  Joe Jackson walked, moved to second on Chase McDonald’s single and scored on Chantz Mack’s single to make it 5-3.  It would be the only inning John Straka struggled in during the night.  Straka went 7.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three.


          The Saints put the game away in the sixth when Tanner Vavra led off with a single to right.  Vavra moved to second on a wild pitch and Danny Oh doubled him home to make it 6-3.  A fielding error by shortstop Eddie Newton on an Almadova grounder put runners at the corners.  Nate Hanson made it 7-3 with an RBI groundout and Gallas collected his third hit of the night with an RBI single.  He finished 3-5 with a double, RBI and a run scored.


          The Saints finished 9-4 on the roadtrip tied for their second best winning percentage in franchise history on their annual May/June high school roadtrip.  The 2011 team, the last Saints team to go to the Championship Series, also went 9-4.  The best winning percentage in franchise history was the 71-29, 2015 team that went 8-1 (.889).  Last year the Saints went 9-5 (.642), on their longest roadtrip in franchise history.


          The Saints have Sunday off and are back in action on Monday at CHS Field against the Sioux City Explorers.  The Saints send RHP Jason Creasy (2-2, 3.72) and the Explorers are TBA.  It is Variety Show Monday with guest emcee Fancy Ray and musical guest Frankie Lee.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.