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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Lose First Series Since End Of May, Downed By RedHawks 8-6

ST. PAUL, MN June 30, 2019

Battered and bruised the St. Paul Saints are just trying to do their best MacGyver impersonation.  Already down three pitchers, the Saints lost two position players in Sunday afternoon’s game, as both Joey Wong and Blake Schmit departed in the fourth and fifth inning, respectively.  It was too much for the Saints, who couldn’t hang on to a 4-1 lead and lost 8-6 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field.  The loss means the Saints dropped just their second series of the season, the other one on May 27-29 at Lincoln, and fell to 27-14 on the season.

          The teams traded runs in the first as Max Murphy led off with a single, stealing second and scored on Brady Shoemaker’s single. In the bottom of the inning Brennan Metzger led off with a double and Tim Colwell walked.  A sacrifice bunt moved the runners over and an RBI groundout by Chris Jacobs tied the game at one.

          The Saints took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Schmit homered to left, his second of the season.  Devon Rodriguez followed with a double to right and Chesny Young singled him home.

          In the fifth the Saints grabbed a 4-1 lead when Dan Motl singled to left, stole second and moved to third on a balk.  Two batters later Burt Reynolds’ single to left scored Motl.

          The RedHawks slowly climbed back into the game getting one back in the bottom of the inning when Tim Colwell walked with one out and stole second.  With two outs Jacobs lined a single into left-center scoring Colwell and cutting the Saints lead to 4-2.

          In the sixth another walk came back to bite the Saints.  With one out Leo Pina walked and Brian Olson singled him to second.  With two outs Metzger walked to load the bases.  Starter Ryan Zimmerman departed for Jordan Jess.  He walked the first hitter he faced, Colwell, forcing in a run to make it 4-3.  Zimmerman went 5.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits while walking seven and striking out four.  The Saints walked nine hitters in the game.

          The RedHawks took the lead for good in the seventh off of Landon Beck and another leadoff walk played a factor as Jacobs worked a free pass to start the inning.  Correlle Prime hit a slow tapper to Rodriguez at third, who was forced to play the position for the first time in his professional career due to the injuries, he bobbled it and Prime was aboard on the infield single.  T.J. Bennett then unloaded a three-run homer to right, his fifth of the season, making it 6-4.  Leo Pina followed with a single to right, stole second and, two batters later, scored on a Yhoxian Medina double making it 7-4.

          The Saints battled back in the eighth as Rodriguez led off with a single to left.  With one out Josh Allen singled Rodriguez to second.  Max Murphy loaded the bases with a single.  Motl forced in a run with a walk to cut the deficit to 7-5.  Brady Shoemaker hit a grounder into the hole at short and third that Medina made a nice backhanded diving play on as a run scored making it 7-6.  Reynolds, however, would line out to third and Jeremy Martinez, who walked earlier in the game to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 34, flew out to right to end the inning.

          The RedHawks got a big insurance run in the bottom of the inning when Prime doubled with two outs and Bennett knocked him home with a single putting the RedHawks up two.

          The Saints nearly got to RedHawks closer Geoff Broussard for a third straight time.  With one out Rodriguez and Young had back-to-back singles.  With two outs Murphy walked to load the bases, but Motl flew out to left to end the game.

          Eight different Saints collected a hit with Shoemaker, Rodriguez and Young all collecting three while Murphy and Motl collected two.

          The Saints return home for a three-game series on Monday night against the Lincoln Saltdogs with game one on Monday night at CHS Field at 7:05 p.m.  Both teams are TBA.  It is Food Allergy Awareness Night presented by Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota.  The game can be heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM and seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities.