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Saints Lose First Series At Home, Doubled Up By Railroaders 4-2

ST. PAUL, MN July 25, 2019

The St. Paul Saints rolled into the All-Star Break on a high, sweeping the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and winning their last four.  The two games following the break haven’t gone nearly as well as the Saints lost their first series at home all season, dropping the second game of a three-game series to the Cleburne Railroaders 4-2 on Thursday night at CHS Field in front of 8,744.  The loss drops the Saints to 40-23 on the season.

          Much like they did in the first game, the Saints couldn’t keep the Railroaders off the scoreboard in the first.  Daniel Robertson led off the game with an infield single to short.  Angel Reyes dropped a single into right-center that centerfielder Dan Motl fielded and threw to third, trying to get Robertson.  The throw glanced off Robertson and nestled up against the Railroaders dugout allowing Reyes to take second on the error.  Chase Simpson’s ground ball then went under the glove of John Silviano at first as two runs scored on the error giving the Railroaders a 2-0 lead.

          In the third the Railroaders put up two more and it started with nobody on and two outs.  John Nester doubled just under the glove of a diving Motl and All-Star Zach Nehrir hit a two-run homer to left, his eighth of the season, making it 4-0.  Saints starter Benji Waite went 6.0 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out five.

          The Saints had a few scoring chances early on.  In the first, Brady Shoemaker doubled with two outs and John Silviano walked, but Railroaders starter Charlie Gillies fanned Josh Allen to end the inning.

          In the fourth, Allen doubled to left, with one out, and went to third on a wild pitch with two outs, but Jhonatan Solano grounded out to end the inning.

          In the sixth Shoemaker singled to center and moved to second on a one out single by Allen.  A groundout by Josh Romanski moved the runners up, but Solano grounded out to third to end the inning.  Gillies went 6.0 shutout innings allowing seven hits while walking two and striking out four.

          In the seventh the Saints finally broke through as Blake Schmit reached on a one out throwing error by the shortstop Robertson.  Motl then deposited a two-run blast to left, his third of the season, cutting the deficit to two.  Motl finished the night 4-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.

          In the ninth the Saints put the tying runs aboard as Chesny Young led off with a single against All-Star closer Tyler Wilson.  Young moved to second on a wild pitch and, with one out, Motl reached on an infield single putting runners at first and second.  Chris Baker would strike out and Shoemaker flew out to center to end the game.

          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three-game series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field.  The Saints send RHP Jake Matthys (7-3, 5.81) to the mound against Railroaders RHP Jesus Sanchez (6-2, 3.16).  It is Dope, Savage, Hype Night with Xcel Energy Post-Game Fireworks set to the music that will get you pumped up.  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 area.