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Saints Ninth Inning Comeback Falls Just Short In 11-9 Loss To Dogs

ST. PAUL, MN August 27, 2019

Down five runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth the St. Paul Saints nearly pulled off a comeback for the ages.  They sent the winning run to the plate, but finished just short losing 11-9 to the Chicago Dogs on Tuesday night at CHS Field in front of 7,604.  The loss drops the Saints to 59-35 and they are now 2.0 games behind division leading Fargo-Moorhead and are 4.0 up on the Dogs with six games to play.

          With the Saints trailing 8-6 in the top of the ninth, David Olmedo-Barrera led off with a bad hop single off the glove of first baseman John Silviano. Edwin Arroyo followed with a single to right.  With one out Victor Roache blasted a two-run homer to center, his second of the night and 23rd of the season, giving the Dogs an 11-6 lead.

          In the bottom of the ninth the Saints had two outs and nobody on, but showed their mettle.  Josh Allen was hit by a pitch and Silviano walked.  Chesny Young knocked home Allen with a single to left making it 11-7.  Chris Baker followed with a single to left loading the bases.  Blake Schmit lined a single into center that plated a pair of runs making it 11-9.  Michael Lang then cued the first pitch he saw a foot in front of the plate and catcher Rey Gonzalez picked up the ball and tagged him out to end the game.

          The high scoring affair got started in the second when the teams traded runs with Jordan Dean hitting a solo homer for the Dogs, his 13th of the season, making it 1-0.

          In the bottom of the inning Jeremy Martinez collected his first of four hits on the night with a single to right.  With one out Young walked and Baker lined an RBI single into center tying the game at one.

          The Saints took their only lead of the game in the third as Jabari Henry walked with one out.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Martinez’ RBI single.  Allen reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second.  Silviano cashed it in with an RBI single to center giving the Saints a 3-1 lead.

          The big blow came in the fourth when the Dogs sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs.  With one out Kelly Dugan reached on an infield single to short.  Dean singled him to second and Trey Vavra’s RBI single made it 3-2.  A walk to Tony Rosselli loaded the bases, but Saints starter Jordan Jess got Gonzalez to hit a high tapper back to him and the throw home forced Dean.  Jess then unleashed a wild pitch scoring Vavra tying the game at three.  A walk to Olmedo-Barrera loaded the bases and back-to-back two-run singles by Edwin Arroyo and Keon Barnum made it 7-3 Dogs.

          The Saints got one back in the sixth when Young walked with one out, moved to second on a groundout, and scored when Schmit’s grounder went off of Vavra at third and into left field cutting the Saints deficit to 7-4.

          The Dogs answered in the seventh with Roache’s first homer of the night, a solo blast to straightaway center, his 22nd of the season, making it 8-4.  It was the only hit Ryan Schlosser allowed in his 4.0 innings of relief.

          The Saints cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the inning when Brady Shoemaker singled, Henry walked and Martinez doubled them both home to make it 8-6.  Martinez went 4-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored.

          The Saints welcome in the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for the first of a three-game series at CHS Field on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Saints send LHP Chris Lee (2-0, 4.26) to the mound and the RedHawks are TBA.  It is Augtober Fest presented by Cub.  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.