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Saints Produce On Offense, Can't Hold Down KC Bats In 11-8 Loss

ST. PAUL, MN September 3, 2017

The St. Paul Saints had their largest run total in two weeks, unfortunately, walks and errors hurt them on the other side of the ball as they lost 11-8 to the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.  The loss drops the Saints to 48-51 on the season.


          The Saints trailed 7-4 in the seventh inning, but mounted a comeback as Ben Buerkle collected his third hit of the night with a single to left-center.  Brady Shoemaker then crushed a two-run homer to left-center, his 21st of the season, making it 7-6.  The 21 home runs are third most in a single-season in franchise history.  T-Bones starter Jared Mortensen departed for left-handed reliever Rich Mascheri and he walked the first man he faced, Dan Johnson.  Nate Hanson singled Johnson to second and Kes Carter’s bunt single loaded the bases.  Mitch Delfino tied the game with a single to left as Johnson scored, but Hanson was thrown out trying to score on the play.  With two outs, and runners at first and second, Mascheri departed for Grant Sides.  He got Jon Kristoffersen to hit a grounder to short, but Niko Vasquez’ throw to second went into right field allowing Carter to score giving the Saints an 8-7 lead.


          The lead didn’t last long, however, as the T-Bones answered in the bottom of the inning off of reliever Ivan Vieitez.  He walked the leadoff man Chantz Mack.  Kyle Petty then hit a grounder to short and Kristoffersen got the force out at second, but the throw to first for the double play was not in time.  Zane Chavez then walked putting runners at first and second.  Tucker Pannell tied the game at eight with an RBI double to left.  Vieitez departed for left-handed reliever Chandler Hawkins, but he was greeted with an RBI single by Cedric Hunter giving the T-Bones a 9-8 lead.  The T-Bones made it 10-8 when Marcus Lemon hit a slow grounder to first and Johnson tried to come home to get Pernell, but he threw it away allowing the run to score making it 10-8.


          The T-Bones added an insurance run in the eighth when Petty walked, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on a single by Chavez.


          The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings scoring a pair of runs in the first two innings.  In the first Buerkle singled and Shoemaker was hit by a pitch.  With two outs Hanson made it 1-0 with an RBI single.  Carter followed with an RBI single of his own to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.


          In the second Maxx Garrett led off with a double to left-center.  Kristoffersen walked and Tim Colwell singled to load the bases.  With two outs Johnson came through with a two-run single making it 4-0.


          The T-Bones, second in the league in home runs only behind the Saints, used the long ball in the third to take the lead.  With one out Kevin Keyes singled and Jordan Edgerton walked.  Vasquez then drilled a three-run homer to left, his fourth of the season, to cut the Saints lead to 4-3.  Mack followed with a single off the glove of the first baseman Johnson and Petty smacked his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left, giving the T-Bones a 5-4 lead.


          They added two more in the sixth when Pennell led off with a single.  The Saints then committed errors on back-to-back plays as Hunter hit a ground ball to third that Hanson fielded, but his throw to second was dropped by Delfino.  Lemon then laid down a sacrifice bunt that the catcher Garrett fielded, but his throw to first went into right field allowing Pennell to score making it 6-4.  A sacrifice fly by Keyes gave the T-Bones a 7-4 lead.


          The same two teams play in the final game of the season on Monday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.  The Saints send RHP Andrew Gutierrez (1-0, 1.50) to the mound against T-Bones RHP Luis Paula (7-2, 2.92).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.