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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Two Errors Prove Costly In 4-1 Loss To Explorers

ST. PAUL, MN July 5, 2017

The defense for the St. Paul Saints continues to be a major issue.  They committed two more errors, bringing their total to 49 tied for fourth most in the league, that led to four unearned runs as the Saints lost 4-1 to the Sioux City Explorers on Wednesday night at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.  The loss drops the Saints to 28-17 on the season.

 

          The only scoring for the two teams came in the fifth.  The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Jon Kristoffersen led off with a walk.  Brady Burzynski sacrificed him to second.  After a strikeout of Ben Buerkle, Nate Hanson walked to put runners at first and second.  Brady Shoemaker then looped a broken bat single into right field that scored Kristoffersen.

 

          In the bottom of the inning with Benji Waite throwing another strong outing the defense escaped him, including an error of his own.  LeVon Washington led off by hitting a high two hopper to second.  Tony Thomas fielded it, but his throw to first pulled Shoemaker off the bag.  With one out Josh Vitters hit a comebacker to Waite.  His throw to second, however, bounced in the dirt for the second error of the inning.  Dre Gleason then hit a grounder that ricocheted off the glove of a backhanded try by Shoemaker to the second baseman Thomas who threw to Waite covering first for the second out of the inning.  With runners at second and third and two outs the Saints intentionally walked Tony Campana to load the bases.  Michael Lang made them pay with a two-run double down the third base line to give the Explorers a 2-1 lead.  Nate Samson followed with a two-run single to right and the three run deficit proved too much for the Saints to come back from.  Waite went 6.0 innings allowing four unearned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.

 

          The Saints managed just one runner in scoring position the rest of the way and that was Kes Carter’s one out triple in the sixth.  Carter was a perfect 4-4 with a triple.  After Maxx Garrett walked, Kristoffersen grounded into an inning ending double play.

 

          The Saints now head to Newman Outdoor Field for the first game of a three game series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at 7:02 p.m. on Thursday night.  The Saints send RHP Ryan Zimmerman (3-2, 4.14) to the mound against RedHawks RHP Tyler Herron (2-1, 2.95).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.