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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Tie Season High For Runs As They Trounce Explorers 13-1

ST. PAUL, MN July 29, 2017

The St. Paul Saints learned they would be without one of the best hitters in the league, Brady Shoemaker, for the foreseeable future  after he injured his shoulder Friday night.  On Saturday night at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park nine guys picked him up as the Saints tied a season high in runs by defeating the Sioux City Explorers 13-1.  The win improved the Saints to 36-29 and they remained 0.5 game out of first in the North Division behind the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

 

          All nine Saints scored at least one run, eight of nine collected at least one hit, with six of nine having a multi-hit night, and seven of nine collected an RBI.  With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the fifth Breland Almadova tied it with a solo homer to left, his fourth of the season.  With two outs Anthony Gallas singled to left and Kes Carter followed with a two-run homer to left, his fifth with the Saints and 10th of the season, giving the Saints a 3-1 lead.

 

          In the sixth Jon Kristoffersen reached on a fielding error by first baseman Dre Gleason.  With two outs Almadova singled to right sending Kristoffersen to third.  Nate Hanson then crushed a three-run homer to left, his ninth of the season, making it 6-1.  Hanson finished the night a triple shy of the cycle going 3-5 with three RBI and a run scored.

 

          If all that wasn’t enough the Saints scored seven runs in the seventh, the most they have scored in any inning this season.  Carter, Mitch Delfino and Ben Buerkle all singled to start the inning and load the bases.  Maxx Garrett then hit a pop up on the right side of the infield that nobody saw and it dropped in for an infield single, scoring Carter to make it 7-1.  Kristoffersen’s groundout scored Delfino to make it 8-1.  Tim Colwell made it 9-1 with an RBI single, chasing starter Hobbs Johnson in the process.  Breland Almadova made it 10-1 with an RBI infield single to short.  Two batters later Gallas hit a grounder to third, but Joel Davis threw it away at first allowing two runs to score, making it 12-1.  The Saints finished the scoring when Buerkle was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

 

          Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman was solid against his former team going 6.0 innings allowing one run on seven hits while walking five and striking out six.  Ken Frosch tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances (13.0 IP).  Chandler Hawkins tossed a scoreless ninth.

 

          Joining Hanson with three hits were Almadova and Carter.

 

          The Saints begin a three game series against the top team in the American Association, the Lincoln Saltdogs on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park.  Both teams are TBA.  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.