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Saints Work Extra, but Lose in 12 5-3

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Uploaded on Jun 13, 2010

ST. PAUL, MN (June 13, 2010) -- On Saturday night the St. Paul Saints felt what it was like to come back and win a game, but on Sunday afternoon at Midway Stadium they returned to their old habits of coming back only to lose late as they were defeated by the Sioux Falls Pheasants 5-3 in 12 innings in front of 4,868.

With the game tied at one in the 11th the Pheasants struck first in extra innings. Joe Anthonsen led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Reggie Abercrombie blooped a single to right that scored Joe Anthonsen. As Anthonsen cross the plate catcher Gerard Haran put his foot out to block the plate and Anthonsen tripped over it. Haran went back to tag out Anthonsen, but the umpire said he touched home plate. Haran and Anthonsen exchanged words and the benches cleared, but no punches were thrown. Abercrombie stole second and with two outs scored on a double from Brandon Sing to make it 3-1.

The Saints wouldn't go down without a fight. In the bottom of the 11th Jason Cooper led off with a walk and with one out Haran crushed a pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homer to tie it at three, his fourth homer of the season.

The Pheasants had an answer in the 12th as Gus Milner drew a one out walk. Reliever Zach Peterson's pick off attempt went into right field and Milner went to third. Eddy Rodriguez followed with an RBI double and he scored on a double from Anthonsen that proved to be the difference in the game.

Both starting pitchers were magnificent and left the game tied 1-1. The Saints scored their only run off of Pheasants started Ryan Rodriguez without the aid of a hit in the second. Cooper led off with a walk and with one out Haran and Steve Butler drew walks to load the bases. Steve Mays' sacrifice fly made it 1-0. Rodriguez went 8.0 innings allowing one run on two hits while walking six and striking out three.

Saints starter Todd Mathison was just as effective and the only run scored on him was an incredible athletic play by Reggie Abercrombie. In the sixth Abercrombie hit a little tapper to the left side that Mathison fielded and threw away at first. Abercrombie reached on a single and went to third on Mathison's throw. Mathison then unleashed a wild pitch, but the ball caromed off the padding behind Haran who flipped to Mathison at the plate. Abercrombie leaped in the air, jumped over Mathison and landed on the plate scoring the run. Mathison went 8.0 innings allowing one unearned run on four hits while walking two and striking out two.

The Saints had a couple of chances to win the game. In the ninth Ole Sheldon and Cooper drew back-to-back walks to start the inning, but Brent Krause fouled out and Haran and Butler struck out.

In the 10th with the game tied Mays led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but Coby Smith and Andrew Schmiesing popped out to short ending the inning.

The Saints welcome in the Sioux City Explorers Monday night at 7:05 p.m. for the first game of a three game series. The Saints send RHP Jake Schmidt (3-2, 2.34) to the mound. We wish the Army a Happy 235th Birthday presented by the U.S. Army. The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network (check saintsbaseball.com for the channel in your area) and heard on Relevant Radio 1330.

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