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A Sense of Deja Vu, Saints Lose For Second Straight Day To RedHawks In 11, 6-5

ST. PAUL, MN August 27, 2017

It was the same inning and the same player that did it to the St. Paul Saints on Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field.  Chris Grayson, who doubled in the winning run on Saturday night in the 11th, hit a walk-off sacrifice fly on Sunday, the Saints lost 6-5 and were swept by the RedHawks in the three game series.  The loss drops the Saints to 47-46 and they are 6.0 games back in the Wild Card with seven games to go.


          With the game tied at five in the 11th Devan Ahart singled to center with one out.  Yhoxian Medina doubled down the left field line sending Ahart to third.  Grayson then hit a shallow fly ball to right that Tim Colwell caught, but his throw home skipped across the infield grass and Ahart scored easily for the walk-off winner.


          The Saints were able to send it to extras for the second straight game by scoring late.  With the Saints trailing 5-4 in the top of the ninth the former RedHawk, Kes Carter, drilled a solo homer down the right field line, just inside the pole, his eighth with the Saints and 13th of the season.


          The game went back and forth all game long.  After Jose Almarante retired the first nine batters he faced the Saints finally got to him in the fourth.  With Mitch Delfino on at first and two outs Dan Johnson smoked a double to right scoring Delfino giving the Saints a 1-0 lead.


          In the fifth the RedHawks knotted the game at one off of Mark Hamburger, starting his franchise record 22nd game of the season.  Joe DeLuca doubled with one out and, with two outs, Ahart scored him with a single to left.


          In the sixth the Saints regained the lead thanks largely to an error.  Johnson hit his second double of the game and Nate Hanson’s grounder to Josh Mazzola went off his glove and into foul territory down the left field line allowing Johnson to score giving the Saints a 2-1 lead.


          The RedHawks wasted little time taking the lead and Mazzola atoned for his mistake.  In the bottom of the sixth Mazzola led off with a single and he moved to second on a single by Keury De La Cruz.  A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners with one out.  K.D. Kang tied it with a sacrifice fly to right.  Two batters later the number nine hitter, Brandon Tierney, gave the RedHawks a 3-2 lead with an RBI double.


          The Saints regained the lead in the eighth when Brady Shoemaker was hit by a pitch with one out.  Johsnon walked and Hanson brought them both home with a two-run double to left giving the Saints a 4-3 lead.


          In the bottom of the inning, however, De La Cruz tied it with a solo homer to right, his eighth of the season.  With two outs Kang doubled and DeLuca made it 5-4 with an RBI single.  Hamburger went 7.2 innings allowing five runs on 13 hits while walking two and striking out five while throwing 142 pitches, 98 for strikes.


          The Saints have Monday off and return home for the final three home games of the season on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.  Both teams are TBA.  It is Awkward Tuesday presented by Mississippi Market.