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Saints Bats Silenced Again in 6-1 Loss to RailCats

July 21, 2018 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints News Release

GARY, IN - All the hard work the St. Paul Saints did during the first seven games of the roadtrip was stripped away in the matter of 16 innings on Saturday night at the U.S. Steel Yard. After losing the resumed game 3-0, the Saints offense was nowhere to be found in the regularly scheduled seven inning game. They lost 6-1 to the Gary SouthShore Railcats, dropped to 33-27 and now find themselves tied for first with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and are just 0.5 game ahead of the Railcats for the second and final playoff spot. The Saints are now 5-4 on their 10-game roadtrip.

With both teams starting relievers the Railcats came out swinging against Ryan Schlosser. Alex Crosby led off the bottom of the first with a single to center. He moved to second on a wild pitch. D.K. Carey then reached on catcher's interference putting runners at first and second. With two outs Ronnie Mitchell tripled home both runners making it 2-0 Railcats. Wilfredo Gimenez followed with an RBI single making it 3-0.

In the second it was more of the same as Garrett Copeland led off with a single to right and moved to second on the fielding error by Max Murphy in right. Will Savage reached on an infield single moving Copeland to third. With one out Carey hit a grounder to third that Bichette Jr. couldn't field allowing a run to score on the error making it 4-0.

Beck Wheeler finished off the second by getting the final two outs, but in the third the Railcats got to him. Mitchell led off with a single to left-center and Gimenez singled to center putting runners at first and second. Reggie Wilson then tried to sacrifice both runners over and laid down a bunt to third. The first baseman Nathaniel Maggio also charged and that left first base vacant and Wilson reached on the bunt single to load the bases. Wheeler then walked Copeland to force in a run to make it 5-0. After a strikeout Crosby's sacrifice fly made it 6-0.

The Saints lone run came in the sixth as Brady Shoemaker walked. Zach Walters collected his second double of the night moving Shoemaker to third. Dante Bichette' Jr's groundout scored Shoemaker.

The same two teams meet in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. The Saints send RHP Matt Solter (1-4, 4.58) to the mound while the Railcats are TBA. The game can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM.

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