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Getting to CHS Field

Squandered Opportunities: Saints Strand 12, Lose 5-2

ST. PAUL, MN May 28, 2017

It wasn’t supposed to go this way on National Hamburger Day with the St. Paul Saints starting their ace Mark Hamburger.  The Kansas City T-Bones scored five runs in the second and third innings, the Saints hit into two double plays with the bases loaded, stranded 12 runners overall and lost 5-2 on Sunday evening at CHS Field in front of 9,490.

 

          The storybook night the Saints were hoping for never materialized.  The T-Bones scored two on Hamburger in the second when Zach Walters led off with a walk and moved to second on a single from Chase McDonald.  Joe Jackson made it 1-0 with an RBI double and Daniel Rockett’s RBI groundout gave the T-Bones a 2-0 lead.

 

          In the third Omar Garcia led off with a single and Marcus Lemon followed with one of his own.  With one out former Major Leaguer Walters hit a three-run homer to right, his second of the season, to give the T-Bones a 5-0 lead.  Hamburger would settle down after that and tossed 8.0 innings allowing five runs on 10 hits while walking two and striking out six.

 

          The Saints mounted a comeback in the bottom of the third when Nate Hanson and Brady Shoemaker hit back-to-back solo homers, their third and fourth respectively.  Hanson has homered in back-to-back games while Shoemaker has hit four in his last six.  Hanson finished the night 3-5 with two doubles, a home run, an RBI and a run scored.

 

          The Saints had a number of opportunities to tie the game, but two key at bats with the bases loaded proved costly.  In the fifth the Saints loaded the bases on Hanson’s double, Shoemaker getting hit by a pitch and a one out walk to Anthony Gallas.  T-Bones starter Jeff Walters came out of the game for Anthony Usui who promptly got Tony Caldwell to hit a comebacker which turned into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play.

 

In the sixth Jon Kristoffersen drew a leadoff walk.  With one out Danny Oh and Breland Almadova walked to load the bases.  Hanson then smashed a line drive, but right at the first baseman McDonald who caught it and stepped on first for the inning ending double play.  In all the Saints left 12 men on base, including eight in scoring position.

 

The Saints now embark on a 13-game roadtrip that begins Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at The Depot at Cleburne Station.  Both teams are TBA.  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.