Saints Fall Just Short to RedHawks, Lose 5-4
ST. PAUL, MN - The St. Paul Saints had their opportunity for a dramatic victory in the ninth, but stranded the tying and winning runs on base. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored all five of their runs on two-out base hits and the Saints lost 5-4 on Monday night at CHS Field in front of 7,051. The loss drops the Saints to 15-8 and leaves George Tsamis one shy of win number 1,000 in his managerial career.
With the Saints down 5-3 in the eighth Dante Bichette Jr. walked with one out. With two outs Kes Carter crushed a ball to deep center that caromed off the wall to the right of center, missing a home run by mere feet, for an RBI triple to cut the deficit to a run.
In the ninth JJ Gould led off with a walk. After Josh Allen couldn't get down the sacrifice bunt and struck out, Max Murphy walked. Noah Perio Jr. would strike out leaving it up to Brady Shoemaker. He stung the ball to center, but right at Devin Ahart to end the game.
The weather was a factor early on with light rain and heavy winds impacted fly balls early in the game. In the third Saints starter Vinny Nittoli, who entered the game fifth in the league in ERA, hit Joe DeLuca to lead off the inning. Yhoxian Medina, who was 2-24 on the season, lined a single to center putting runners at first and second. With one out Brennan Metzger hit a fly ball to right that appeared to be going foul, but the wind pushed it fair as the ball landed just inside the line, loading the bases. After a strikeout of Maikol Gonzalez, Devan Ahart singled home a pair to give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead. Keury De La Cruz then hit a ground ball passed a diving Brady Shoemaker at first into right field scoring Metzger, making it 3-0.
In the fourth Tommy Mendonca led off with a double and, with two outs, Tim Colwell's fly ball to right was held up by the wind and fell in front of a sliding Max Murphy scoring Mendonca and making it 4-0.
The Saints answered in the bottom of the inning when Shoemaker singled and Dante Bichette Jr. doubled him to third. Shoemaker extended his hitting streak to eight games. Jayce Boyd then slugged his first homer of the season, a three-run shot to left, making it 4-3.
The RedHawks got the run back in the fifth on a solo blast by De La Cruz, his fifth of the season making it 5-3.
Josh Allen extended his hitting streak to 12 games as he went 2-4.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. The Saints are TBA while the RedHawks send RHP Trey McNutt (0-2, 4.07). The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Charlie Brown T-Shirt presented by Valleyfair. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in and around the Twin Cities area, and heard on Alt 93.3 FM.
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