Saint Paul, Minnesota - For the third time this week the Saints and Columbus Clippers needed extra innings to decide the outcome. Earlier in the week the extra-inning games went the Saints way; however, on Saturday night Columbus finished on top with an 8-5 win over the Saints in 11 innings. The Saints fell to 75-54 on the season.
The Saints got on the board first. In the first, DaShawn Keirsey Jr. singled. Next, Keirsey Jr. stole second base. Columbus catcher Bryan Lavastida made a throwing error. Lavastida threw the ball into center field, which allowed Keirsey Jr. to advance to third. Trevor Larnach singled to right. The Saints took a 1-0 lead.
Columbus tied the game in the second. Jhonkensy Noel hit his 22nd home run of the season. In the bottom of the second, Yunior Severino singled followed by a double from Hernan Perez. Next, Jair Camargo walked to load the bases. With the bases loaded Gilberto Celestino doubled to center, which allowed Severino and Perez to score. The Saints had a 3-1 lead. Keirsey Jr. walked to load the bases. Byron Buxton (MLB Rehab Assignment) came to the plate with two outs. Buxton struck out swinging. Following this at-bat Buxton left the game. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
According to a Twins spokesperson: "Byron Buxton experienced soreness in the patella tendon of his right knee on Friday and was removed from the Saints' game after two at-bats as DH. The team will evaluate and update his condition on Saturday."
In the third, Trevor Larnach and Kyle Garlick hit back-to-back home runs. This gave St. Paul a 5-1 lead.
The Saints would not get much more offensive production on Saturday night. The rest of the game was all Columbus. Columbus scored one in the fourth and three in the eighth. At the end of nine the game was tied at five.
In the eleventh, Daniel Schneemann started the inning on second base (per MiLB rules) and Raynel Delgado laid down a sacrifice bunt, which advanced Schneemann to third. Next, Brayan Rocchio hit a sacrifice fly to right, which allowed Schneemann to score. Columbus led 6-5. A single from Angel Martinez and a double from Kyle Manzardo gave Columbus a 7-5 lead. Johnathan Rodriguez doubled, which brought home Manzardo. Columbus took an 8-5 lead. The Saints went down in order in the bottom of the eleventh. The Clippers secured an 8-5 win.
Simeon Woods Richardson started for the Saints on Saturday. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Woods Richardson struck out six and walked three. Jordan Balazovic pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs on two hits.
Hunter McMahon made his Triple-A debut on Saturday. He was called up from Double-A Wichita on August 31st. McMahon took the loss for St. Paul. He worked 2.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits. The Saints had nobody else in the bullpen once McMahons night was finished. Tony Wolters came in and worked 0.1 innings and allowed one hit.
The Columbus Clippers and St. Paul Saints meet in game five of a six-game series on Saturday night at CHS Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. The Clippers will send LHP Joey Cantillo (4-3, 4.82) to the mound while the Saints will counter with RHP Randy Dobnak (4-7, 4.95). The game can be seen on the Saints Broadcast Network, MiLB.TV, and heard on KFAN Plus, 96.7 FM.