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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Left Feeling Soggy As Four Game Win Streak Snapped, Lose 6-3 To Saltdogs

ST. PAUL, MN May 28, 2019

The game on Tuesday night at Haymarket Park was moved up 30 minutes because of impending weather.  The ominous clouds all evening perhaps foreshadowed the night for the Saints as their four-game winning streak was snapped, under rainy conditions at the end of the game, with a 6-3 loss to the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park.

          The night got off to a good start for the Saints as they scored their 17th first inning run of the season.  With two outs Brady Shoemaker collected a double, his sixth hit in as many at bats.  Burt Reynolds’ infield single moved Shoemaker to third and Max Murphy gave the Saints a 1-0 lead with an RBI single to right.

          The Saltdogs knotted it up in the second when Saints starter Jake Matthys walked Nick Schulz with two outs.  DonAndre Clark singled to left, putting runners at first and second.  Matthys then walked the next two hitters forcing in a run and tying the game at one.

          Shoemaker came through for the sixth time in the series, and seventh straight at bat, when he hit a solo homer to right, his third of the series and fourth of the season, to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. Shoemaker finished 2-4 with a double, home runs, RBI and two runs scored.

          Unfortunately, the lead lasted two pitches into the bottom of the third as Cody Regis slugged a solo homer to right, his second of the season, to tie the game at two.  Curt Smith followed with a double to left and, with one out, Tyler Moore walked.  Schulz added a two-run double giving the Saltdogs a 4-2 lead.  With two outs Ivan Marin made it 5-2 with an RBI single to left-center. Matthys lasted just 3.0 innings allowing five runs on sis hits while walking four.

          The teams each added another run with the Saltdogs scoring in the sixth when Marin singled with one out, Christian Ibarra walked and Randolph Oduber was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Regis’ sacrifice fly made it 6-2.

          Blake Schmit’s 10-game hitting streak was snapped, but he walked in the eighth, moved to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Burt Reynolds groundout.

          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Nick Belzer (1-0, 0.90) to the mound against the Saltdogs RHP Ricky Knapp (1-0, 4.50).  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.