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Saints End Season With 9-8 Loss To T-Bones

ST. PAUL, MN September 4, 2017

The St. Paul Saints final game of the season went the way of their entire season.  They got off to a fast start, but couldn’t hang on at the end.  After taking a lead in to top of the ninth, the Kansas City T-Bones got a walk-off double and the Saints lost 9-8 on Monday afternoon at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Saints finished the season 48-52.

 

          In the top of the ninth, with the Saints down 7-6, Relief Pitcher of the Year Cody Winiarski took the mound for the T-Bones.  With one out Brady Shoemaker lined a single into right.  Dan Johnson was then hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.  Nate Hanson, who announced his retirement before the ballgame, grounded out to first moving the runners to second and third.  The T-Bones intentionally walked Kes Carter to get to Mitch Delfino.  That proved to be the wrong decision as Delfino worked the count full, fouled off three pitches and then bounced a two-run single into center giving the Saints an 8-7 lead.

 

          In the bottom of the ninth, however, Vinny Delfino couldn’t hold the lead. Kevin Keyes led off the inning with a walk and Jordan Edgerton sacrificed him to second.  Niko Vasquez lined an RBI double to left tying the game at eight.  The next hitter, Chantz Mack, drilled an RBI double down the first base line scoring Vasquez to end the game.

 

The Saints jumped out to 5-0 lead and it started in the first.  Tim Colwell led off the game with an infield single to short.  He moved to second on a groundout by Ben Buerkle and a single by Shoemaker moved him to third.  Johnson’s sacrifice fly gave the Saints a 1-0 lead.

 

          The Saints exploded for four runs in the third when Colwell led off the inning again, this time with a bloop double to right-center.  With one out Brady Shoemaker lined a single to center scoring Colwell giving the Saints a 2-0 lead. With two outs Hanson singled to center, moving Shoemaker to third.  Carter then lined a double off the wall in right scoring both Shoemaker and Hanson to make it 4-0.  Delfino then tripled off the glove of a diving Chantz Mack in right that scored Carter giving the Saints a 5-0.

 

          With the Saints up 5-1 in the fourth Colwell led off his third inning with a base hit, singling to left.  He stole second, moved to third on a groundout by Buerkle and scored on a Shoemaker sacrifice fly making it 6-1 Saints.

 

          The T-Bones cut into the Saints lead in the fourth when Andrew Gutierrez walked the leadoff man, Vasquez.  Mack lined a single into right, moving Vasquez to second.  Kyle Petty’s grounder to first forced Mack at second, putting runners at the corners.  With two outs Pennell lined a single into left scoring Vasquez and sending Petty to third, making it 6-2 Saints.  Cedric Hunter made it 6-3 with a bloop single to shallow right-center.

 

          In the fifth Marcus Lemon led off with a double and moved to third on a long flyout by Keyes.  Edgerton got the T-Bones within two on an RBI double to left-center that made it 6-4 Saints.

 

          The T-Bones came all the way back and tied it in the sixth against Saints reliever Brandon Peterson.  Chavez reached on a broken bat single to lead off the inning.  With one out Hunter tied it with a two-run homer to right, his ninth of the season.

 

          The T-Bones took their first lead of the game in the eighth when Pennell hit a solo homer to left, his first of the season, giving the T-Bones a 7-6 lead.