Saints Left Wondering "What If?" After 4-2 Loss To ExplorersST. PAUL, MN June 24, 2015
SAINTS LEFT WONDERING “WHAT IF?” AFTER 4-2 LOSS TO EXPLORERS
ST. PAUL, MN (June 24, 2015) – The St. Paul Saints will be left asking themselves “what if?” With Vinny DiFazio waiting in the on deck circle the Saints committed a base running mistake to end the game as they lost 4-2 to the Sioux City Explorers on Wednesday afternoon at CHS Field in front of 7,792.
With the Saints trailing by two going into the ninth Robert Youngdahl, the rookie from Notre Dame by way of Hill-Murray in his first professional game, walked with one out. Dan Kaczrowski then lined a single to right putting runners at first and second. With two outs Steve Nikorak hit a ground ball in the hole between short and third. Noah Perio Jr. made a diving play to his left, Youngdahl rounded third and Perio Jr. threw back towards third to get Youngdahl as he attempted to dive back to the bag ending the game. The hottest hitter in the league, Vinny DiFazio, was left waiting in the on deck circle and his 12 game hitting streak came to an end as he went 0-3.
The Explorers got on the board in the fourth when Michael Lang led off with a double. With one out Brock Kjeldgaard doubled him home to make it 1-0. A single by Perio Jr. put runners at the corners. Ryan Court then dropped down a safety squeeze bunt and first baseman Angelo Songco tried to underhand the ball to DiFazio to get the runner from third, but it tipped off of DiFazio’s glove allowing the run to score, making it 2-0.
The Saints answered in the bottom of the inning when DiFazio walked and moved to second on a single by Angelo Songco. A wild pitch advanced DiFazio to third and he scored on an infield single by Joey Paciorek to cut the Saints deficit to 2-1.
In the sixth the Explorers made it 3-1 when Kjeldgaard led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly from Court.
The Saints got the run back in the seventh when Mike Kvasnicka and Paciorek had back-to-back singles to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Youngdahl moved the runners up and a passed ball scored Kvasnicka to make it 3-2. After a walk to Kaczrowski put runners at the corners with one out, Mitch Elliott flew out to shallow right and Nikorak fouled out to end the inning, leaving the tying run stranded.
The Saints head out on the road for a four game series against the Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field beginning Thursday evening at 7:02 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (3-0, 3.00) to the mound against RHP Taylor Stanton (0-1, 4.81). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.