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X's drop 5-2 decision to Saints

Article courtesy of the Sioux City Journal

ST. PAUL, Minn. | The Sioux City Explorers tumbled to their third straight loss here Friday night, 5-2 to the St. Paul Saints.

After a 4-1 start, the X’s are now at .500 heading into the second game of a three-game set tonight at Midway Stadium.

Sioux City was blanked until scoring twice in the seventh, pulling within 3-2.

But the Saints tacked on a pair in the eighth and closer Dan Sattler threw heat in the top of the ninth. Sattler, while picking up his third save of the season, was clocked at 99 mph on several pitches, striking out two.

Each team missed early opportunities to score.

St. Paul’s Ronnie Borquin was thrown out at the plate in the second inning when Yusuke Inoguchi chased down a drive to the gap by Tanner Townsend and got the ball to shortstop Ryan Priddy, who fired a perfect relay throw.

Sioux City’s Brandon Newton got a one-out single in the third and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches before being picked off for the final out.

Jason Jarvis then retired the first two batters in the bottom half of the inning before giving up three straight hits.

Jim Rapoport singled off the leg of Jarvis and stole second, scoring on a base hit by Jose Hernandez. Hernandez also swiped second and came home on an RBI single by Shane Costa.

Jon Townsend, the No. 9 hitter in the Saints’ order, hit a solo home run in the fifth, making it 3-0.

Rookie Robert Coe kept the X’s at bay until the seventh when Priddy reached on an error by the first baseman and scored on Michael Lang’s double. Lang advanced to third on the throw and scored the second X’s run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Brian Bistagne.

Reid Mahon replaced Coe to begin the eighth, giving up a one-out single to Wally Backman Jr. Backman moved to second on a groundout before Saints manager George Tsamis called on Sattler, who retired Kris Sanchez on another grounder.

Tyler Goodro fisted a base hit to center leading off the ninth, but Sattler struck out Priddy and Lang and got Bistagne to fly to right for the game’s final out.

Chris Bodishbaugh, the losing pitcher in a 4-3 setback to Lincoln on Thursday, gave up two runs in the eighth.

Backman finished with two of the six Explorer hits while St. Paul strung together 12 off Jarvis (0-2) and Bodishbaugh.