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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Leave Ducks on the Pond and Fall 5-1

ST. PAUL, MN August 19, 2017

The St. Paul Saints were unable to plate any runs after the first inning and fell to the Cleburne Railroaders in game two, 5-1, at CHS Field on Saturday night in front of 8,818. The loss drops the Saints to 43-42 and are now 8.0 games back of the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the North Division and 5.0 games out of the Wild Card with 15 games left in the season.


Control issues hindered Saints starter Benji Waite early after giving up a leadoff walk to Mailkol Gonzalez in the first inning. Mitch Glasser then reached on a fielding error by the second baseman Tony Thomas and both runners moved up on a groundout. With runners at second and third, Waite threw his firstwild pitch allowing Gonzalez to score, making it 1-0. Waite’s second wild pitch of the inning, this time behind the batter, Pichi Balet, scored Glasser and the Railroaders led 2-0. Waite tossed 3.0 innings allowing two unearned runs on one hit while walking two and striking out one.


In the bottom of the first inning, Kes Carter reached on a leadoff walk then moved to second on a bunt single by Breland Almadova. Carter advanced to third on a flyout by Nate Hanson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brady Shoemaker putting the Saints on the board, 2-1.


Jeff Malm pitched in relief for the Saints and was superb. He threw 4.0 shutout innings and gave up just two hits while striking out two.


With the Saints still trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, they had a golden opportunity to at least tie the game. They loaded the bases on a Carter leadoff double, a Nate Hanson one out single and a Brady Shoemaker walk. With the tying run just 90 feet away, Anthony Gallas struck out looking and Tony Thomas grounded out to end the inning.


With the Saints till down a run Brandon Peterson took the mound in the eighth.  He gave up a leadoff walk to Alex Polston, Gonzalez reached on a single and Glasser walked to load the bases.  A sacrifice fly by Geraldo Valentin scored Polston to make it 3-1.  The Railroaders finished the scoring on a two-run single by Balet.  


The same two teams meet tomorrow night for the series finale at 5:05 p.m. at CHS Field. The Saints are TBA and the Railroaders will send RHP Alberto Rodriguez (4-5, 2.87) to the mound. The Saints will honor Roy Campanella, the first African American in the American Association, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Roy Campanella Print. Kids can get team autographs and run the bases following the game on Chevy Family Sunday. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Club 1220 KLBB.