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Getting to CHS Field

Zimmerman Dazzles In Pro Debut, Saints Tie It In Ninth, But Lose 3-2 In 11

ST. PAUL, MN June 2, 2018

The St. Thomas standout Ryan Zimmerman made his professional debut on Saturday night in Cleburne.  He dazzled in 5.0 innings of work despite leaving the game trailing 2-1.  The Saints got him off the hook by scoring another run in the ninth, but for the fourth time in five games the Saints went extras and for the second straight extra inning game they lost 3-2 in 11 to the Cleburne Railroaders at The Depot at Cleburne Station.


          With the Saints down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning and down to their final strike Richard Prigatano doubled down the right field line.  Dante Bichette Jr. came up and ripped a single to center scoring Prigatano and tying the game at two.


          The Saints had a couple of opportunities to take the lead in extras, but with runners at first and second and two outs in the 10th Noah Perio Jr. struck out to end the inning.  In the 11th Prigatano doubled with one out, but Bichette Jr. grounded out and Kes Carter flew out to end the inning.


          In the 11th the Railroaders won it after Blake Grant-Parks reached when he struck out, but reached when the ball was in the dirt and went back to the screen.  Trevor Sealey sacrificed him to second and KC Huth lined a single to center.  Carter’s throw was just a little up the third base line and Grant-Parks slid past Justin O’Conner for the game winner.


          The Saints took a 1-0 lead when Josh Allen led off the game with a solo homer to left, his second of the season.


          Zimmerman then took the mound and made his pro debut.  He struck out the very first batter he faced and retired the first four men he faced.  That’s when Levi Scott welcomed Zimmerman to professional baseball with a towering solo shot to center, his second of the season, to tie the game at one.


          In the fifth the most bizarre of occurrences happened when Alex Polston singled with one out.  With Jordan Dean at the plate, he swung and missed at a pitch and his bat went flying into the far end of the Railroaders dugout.  O’Conner tried to backpick Polston, but threw the ball into right field allowing Polston to go to second.  Dean grounded out moving Polston to third.  With Grant-Parks at the plate Zimmerman’s pitch got away from O’Conner and Polston scored on the passed ball.  Zimmerman went 5.0 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out two.


          The Saints had an opportunity earlier in the game to take a 2-0 lead in the second.  With one out Bichette Jr. singled.  He went 3-4 with an RBI.  Carter singled him to second and the two moved up on a wild pitch.  Then Bichette Jr. tried to score when Jared Mortensen’s pitch tipped off the mitt of Grant-Parks and went to the backstop, but Grant-Parks raced to the ball and his throw to Mortensen beat Bichette Jr. for the out.


          The same two teams meet in the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:06 p.m.  The Saints send RHP Matt Solter (1-0, 2.25) to the mound against Railroaders LHP Michael Gunn (0-0, 0.00).  The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.