Offensive Woes Continue as Saints Blanked by RedHawks 4-0
ST. PAUL, MN - The St. Paul Saints have a lot of questions on offense, unfortunately they have very few answers at the moment. On Monday night at CHS Field they were blanked for just the second time this season, but for the 16th time this season they left 10 or more men on base, 11 total, as they lost 4-0 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in front of 9,130. The loss drops the Saints to 22-21 on the season. The last time they were one game over .500 was when they were 2-1.
The Saints looked like they would score in the first as Kyle Barrett and Max Murphy led off with back-to-back singles. Noah Perio Jr. then hit a pop up and the infield fly rule was called. Perio Jr. was automatically out, but the ball fell and Barrett tried advancing to third. The RedHawks threw the ball to third well ahead of Barrett, who was tagged out except the umpires ruled him safe. Burt Reynolds followed by walking to load the bases. The Saints, however, couldn't capitalize on the favorable call as Dante Bichette Jr. flew out to shallow center and Barrett was thrown out trying to score.
The Saints had another great opportunity in the fourth when Bichette Jr. singled with one out and Matt Snyder singled him to third. Justin O'Conner walked to load the bases, but Jake Smith and Anthony Phillips both struck out to end the inning.
In the fifth the Saints put two on courtesy of a dropped fly ball by right fielder Tim Colwell and a fielding error by third baseman Leobaldo Pina. With runners at second and third and two outs Bichette Jr. struck out.
In the eighth the Saints put two on with a leadoff single from Perio Jr. and a one out walk to Bichette Jr. A fly out by Snyder and a strikeout to O'Conner ended the inning.
The Saints signed four new players before the game and all entered the game, including starting pitcher Chris Nunn. He looked sharp, but didn't get much help from his defense. In the first Colwell led off with a single to right and moved to second on a passed ball. He stole third and scored on an RBI double to left by Brennan Metzger to make it 1-0.
In the third Yhoxian Medina led off with a single to right-center. With one out Maikol Gonzalez singled to right that sent Medina to second. He advanced to third when the right fielder Murphy misplayed the ball. A sacrifice fly from Metzger made it 2-0.
The final two runs came in the fifth when Medina was hit by a pitch with one out. Colwell doubled him home, to make it 3-0, and a bad throw by Murphy advanced Colwell to third. Gonzalez' RBI fielder's choice finished the scoring for the RedHawks. Nunn went 4.1 innings allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out four.
The Saints bullpen was stellar as Andrew Thome, one of the four new guys signed before the game, went 1.2 perfect innings while striking out one.
Ken Frosch extended his scoreless streak to 20.0 consecutive innings with a perfect seventh. The 20.0 scoreless innings are tied for the fourth longest in franchise history.
Former Twins farmhand Zack Jones tossed a hitless, scoreless eighth while striking out one and Jake Matthys pitched a perfect ninth. In all, the bullpen went 4.2 hitless, scoreless innings, while walking one and striking out four.
The same two teams will meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night, but they will play the final two games of the series at Newman Outdoor Field. The Saints send RHP Matt Solter (1-3, 4.15) to the mound against RedHawks LHP Will Solomon (4-4, 4.22). The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.
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