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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Pound Out 17 Hits, Dominate T-Bones 10-2

ST. PAUL, MN August 4, 2018

The St. Paul Saints have plenty of home games left over the final month of the season.  If they continue to play like they have at CHS Field, their success may lead them to the playoffs.  On Saturday night in front of 7,854 the Saints pounded out 17 hits and won for the ninth time in their last 10 at home, 10-2 over the Kansas City T-Bones.  The win improves the Saints to 40-32 and they are now within 2.0 games of first place Gary SouthShore and just 0.5 game behind the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for the second playoff spot in the North Division.


          The Saints came out swinging early and jumped on former Major Leaguer Jayson Aquino in the second as Dante Bichette Jr. and Nathaniel Maggio had back-to-back doubles to make it 1-0.


          The Saints got some breathing room in the fifth scoring four runs all with two outs.  It started with a two out single by Kyle Barrett.  He stole second and moved to third on a single by Burt Reynolds.  Brady Shoemaker made it 2-0 with an RBI single to left.  A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third and Zach Walters drove them both home with a single to center, making it 4-0, as he advanced to second on the throw.  After a pitching change Dante Bichette Jr. made it 5-0 with an RBI double to left-center.  Bichette Jr. finished the night 3-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored.


          In the seventh, with the Saints up 5-2, Shoemaker led off with a walk.  With one out Bichette Jr. walked.  With two outs pinch hitter Justin O’Conner reached on an infield single to short to load the bases.  Then the Saints capitalized on an error as Jake Smith hit a tapper to the first base side that was fielded by pitcher Francisco Gracesqui.  His throw to first pulled Noah Perio Jr. off the bag allowing a run to score which gave the Saints a 6-2 lead.  Max Murphy made it 8-2 with a two-run single to left-center.  Murphy finished the night 3-6 with two RBI.  Barrett then reached on a fielding error by second baseman Alay Lago to extend the inning and, with the bases loaded, Reynolds walked to force in a run making it 9-2.


          The final Saints run came in the eighth on a solo homer from Walters, his ninth of the season and third with the Saints, to make it 10-2.  Walters went 3-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

          Eight of the 10 Saints that got into the game collected a hit, with Nathaniel Maggio joining the three-hit club.


          Saints starter Eddie Medina was solid during his 6.1 innings of work.  He didn’t allow his first hit until a two out single to Perio Jr. in the fourth.  With runners at first and second, he got Adrian Nieto to line out to end the inning.


          In the fifth Lago reached on a leadoff single.  He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch, but Medina got Logan Moon to hit a comebacker, Tucker Pennell to hit a grounder to short with the infield drawn in, and Mason Davis to line out to end the inning.


          In the sixth the T-Bones finally got to Medina when Keith Curcio led off with a single to left-center.  He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.  Colin Walsh’s one out groundout scored Curcio that made it 5-1.


          In the seventh Lago hit a one out solo homer to left, his second of the season, that made it 5-2.  Medina would give up a single to Moon and came out of the game for reliever Mike Devine.  He struck out Pennell and got Davis to fly out.  Medina went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six.  Devine increased his scoreless streak to 19.0 consecutive innings.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of three-game series on Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m.  The Saints send LHP Chris Nunn (3-2, 3.00) to the mound against T-Bones LHP Lucas Irvine (5-2, 4.81).  It is Peanut Free Night and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a team card set giveaway.  The game can be seen on KSTC-TV, 45TV and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.