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Saints Late Rally Falls Short In 9-7 Loss To RedHawks

ST. PAUL, MN July 30, 2018

The St. Paul Saints and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are battling it out for one of the two playoff spots in the North Division.  They entered play on Monday night at Newman Outdoor Field separated by a 0.5 game for the second playoff spot.  The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a half inning, trailed by four going into the ninth, but their furious comeback fell short in a 9-7 loss.  The loss drops the Saints to 37-30 and they are now 2.5 games out of first place and 1.5 games behind the RedHawks for the second playoff spot.


          With the Saints trailing 6-4 in the eighth Zach Walters hit a solo homer to right, his eighth of the season and second for the Saints, to cut the deficit to 6-5.


          It looked like the Saints would enter the ninth down by just a run.  Ken Frosch, who had not allowed a run all season and retired the last two hitters of the seventh and the first two hitters in the eighth, finally got scored upon in the most unlikely of ways.  With two outs in the eighth Maikol Gonzalez hit a tailing fly ball down the left field line that Burt Reynolds raced after, but it fell out of his reach.  Reynolds’ momentum took him into foul territory where he ran into the fence.  He was slow to move as the ball rolled to the wall.  Gonzalez raced around the bases for an inside the park home run ending Frosch’s scoreless streak at 28.2 innings, 1.0 inning shy of Caleb Thielbar’s franchise record of 29.2 innings set in 2011.  Frosch then gave up a single to center and came out of the game for Beck Wheeler.  Yhoxian Medina reached on an infield single to short and Tim Colwell tripled down the right field line scoring Fox and Medina making it 9-5.  Frosch allowed two runs in 1.1 innings of relief, the first runs he’s allowed all season.


          The Saints, who had already come back from a four-run ninth inning deficit against the RedHawks in Fargo, nearly did it again.  Anthony Phillips led off the ninth with an infield single to short.  Max Murphy roped a double to center, but Phillips was thrown out trying to score.  Murphy extended his career high hitting streak to 14 games earlier in the game.  The next hitter, Kyle Barrett, crushed a two-run homer to right, his career high third of the season.  After a pitching change Burt Reynolds lined a single into left bringing the tying run to the plate.  Brady Shoemaker, however, would strike out and Walters grounded out to end the inning.


          The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first when Barrett reached on a one out single to second.  Reynolds walked and Shoemaker made it 1-0 with an RBI double to center.  Walters made it 2-0 with an RBI single to left.  An RBI groundout by Dante Bichette Jr. made it 3-0 and Nathaniel Maggio’s RBI single made it 4-0.


          The Saints couldn’t hold the lead as their defense committed three errors in the first two innings.  In the bottom of the first Colwell led off with a walk and Brennan Metzger doubled him home.  Metzger took third on a throwing error by Murphy in right.  That allowed Metzger to score on a groundout by Devan Ahart to make it 4-2.


          In the second the Saints committed two errors as Charlie Valerio reached on a fielding error by Maggio at first to start the inning.  Gonzalez walked and Fox sacrificed them over.  Yhoxian Medina’s grounder to short skipped off of Phillips’ glove allowing Valerio to score making it 4-3.  Colwell tied it with a sacrifice fly.


          In the third the RedHawks took the lead for good when Ahart singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Keury De La Cruz’ two-out double making it 5-4.


          The same two teams meet in game two of the four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:02 p.m.  The Saints send LHP Chris Nunn (3-1, 2.19) to the mound and the RedHawks are TBA.  The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.