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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Strand 11, Four-Game Win Streak Snapped In 5-3 Loss To Canaries

ST. PAUL, MN June 9, 2018

It’s not a problem until it becomes a problem.  The St. Paul Saints entered play on Saturday night tied for the league lead in runners left on base with 173, or more than 8.5 a game.  They left 11 more on base against the Sioux Falls Canaries and lost 5-3 at CHS Field in front of 8,156.  The loss drops the Saints to 14-7 on the season.


          The Saints left at least one runner on in seven of nine innings including five over the first three innings.  In the first they had runners at first and second with one out, but Brady Shoemaker grounded into an inning ending double play.


          In the second they once again had runners on first and second with two outs, but Justin O’Conner flew out to center to end the inning.


          In the third Max Murphy collected his second double of the night and Shoemaker was hit by a pitch with two outs.  Richard Prigatano flew out to left to end the inning.


          The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Canaries got to Saints starter Eddie Medina.  Mike Hart led off with a single to left and Tyler Wolfe moved him to second with a single to right.  Aaron Gretz laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Medina’s throw to first eluded first baseman Jayce Boyd as the ball went into foul territory allowing Hart to score and sending Wolfe to third as the Canaries took a 1-0 lead.  Chris Grayson then blasted a three-run shot to right, his fifth of the season, making it 4-0.


          The Saints answered in the bottom of the fifth with some power of their own.  With one on Noah Perio Jr. walked and that brought up Shoemaker.  He made sure there was no double play this time as he blasted a three-run homer to left, his second of the season, cutting the deficit to 4-3.


          The Saints had a great opportunity to tie the game in the sixth when Kes Carter led off with a double to right, extending his hit streak to 12-games.  With one out Carter moved to third on a fly out by Josh Allen and Murphy was hit by a pitch.  Perio Jr. then sent a deep fly to left, but Jordan Smith made the catch just in front of the wall.


          After the Canaries scored an insurance run in the ninth the Saints had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.  With two outs Perio Jr. singled to right .  Shoemaker hit a grounder to the backhand side of third, Burt Reynolds fielded it, but his throw pulled first baseman Patrick Fiala off the bag.  Pinch runner Jake Smith then advanced to second on a wild pitch, but Richard Prigatano struck out to end the game.


          Allen collected a hit in the fifth, a single to left, that extended his hitting streak to a career high 10-games.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Jake Esch (2-1, 6.41) to the mound against Canaries RHP Dylan Thompson (2-1, 5.92).  It is Women in Baseball Day presented by Room & Board.  The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Toni Stone bobblehead with a pre-game ceremony featuring the niece of Stone, Maria Bartlow.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.