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Saints Storm From Four Back To Win By Four Over RedHawks, 11-7

ST. PAUL, MN July 7, 2017

If the St. Paul Saints eventually go on to win the North Division they will remember Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field.  Having lost seven of their last 10 and down 6-2 in the fifth they scored three in the fifth and a season high six in the seventh to come from behind for an 11-7 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  The Saints pounded out a season tying high 18 hits and the win improved them to 29-18 on the season while maintaining their 4.0 game lead in the North Division over the Winnipeg Goldeyes.


          After giving up six runs in the third the Saints trailed by four, but one of their hottest bats, Anthony Gallas, got them back into the game with one swing of the bat in the fifth.  With two outs and Nate Hanson on first Brady Shoemaker singled to right.  Gallas stepped to the plate and crushed a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall, his 11th of the season, cutting the deficit to one, 6-5.


          It stayed that way until the seventh when the Saints steamrolled the RedHawks bullpen, whose pitching staff entered the game with the second best ERA in the league.  Hanson led off with a double against reliever Tyler Thompson.  Shoemaker followed with an RBI double tying the game at six.  Gallas then singled putting runners at first and third.  Tony Thomas gave the Saints a 7-6 lead with a double down the third base line.  He finished the night 4-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.  It was the ninth, four-hit game of his career.  Thompson departed and gave way to lefty Will Dennis.  Former RedHawk, and left-handed hitter Kes Carter, greeted him with an RBI single to right making it 8-6.  Maxx Garrett walked before the first out of the inning was recorded when Jon Kristoffersen struck out.  Dennis’ final hitter of the night was Danny Oh who made it 9-6 with an RBI single.  Trey McNutt then came out of the bullpen and he faced former RedHawk Mitch Delfino.  He singled home Carter to make it 10-6.  Delfino finished the night 4-5 with a double and an RBI.  It was his fifth career four-hit game.  The final run scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-6.


          The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Garrett RBI double in the second and an RBI fielder’s choice by Hanson in the third, but the RedHawks feasted in the third.


          With one out Derrick Fox singled off the glove of starting pitcher John Straka.  Chris Grayson then lined a single to left to put runners at first and second.  A bloop single to left by Devan Ahart loaded the bases for Keury De La Cruz.  He promptly singled up the middle scoring two that tied it at two.  Josh Mazzola broke the tie with an RBI double making it 3-2.  With the bases loaded and two outs Charlie Valerio roped a bases clearing double giving the RedHawks a 6-2 lead, but the four run lead proved not to be enough.  Straka went 5.0+ innings allowing six runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out four.


          The bullpen (Brandon Peterson, Ken Frosch, Vinny Nittoli and Caleb Thielbar) did the rest tossing the final 4.0 innings allowing one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four.


          The first eight hitters in the lineup collected a hit and an RBI and six of nine had multi-hit games.  Seven of the nine also scored a run.  Of the 18 hits, six went for extra bases, five doubles and a home run.


          The finale of the three game series is Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field.  The Saints send RHP Mark Hamburger (8-1, 2.89) to the mound against LHP Tyler Alexander (1-4, 2.70).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.