ST. PAUL, MN (June 8, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints tied it in the ninth, had a chance to win it at that point, but instead played four more innings before taking down the Sioux City Explorers 7-6 in 13 innings in front of 4,574 at Midway Stadium. The game was the fourth longest in franchise history at four hours and 34 minutes.
With the Saints trailing 6-4 going into the ninth, and facing Explorers closer Chris Bodishbaugh, they managed to tie the game up with one hit in the inning. Carlos Escobar led off by getting hit by a pitch. Devin Thaut followed with a walk to put runners at first and second. Joe Bonfe dropped down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Bodishbaugh, but his throw to third was dropped by Mark Sobolewski for an error allowing the Saints to load the bases. Evan Bigley then hit a chopper towards the hole at short that was fielded by Nate Samson. He elected to throw the ball to first and it sailed over first baseman Tommy Mendonca’s head. Bigley got an RBI single and the error allowed a second run to score tying the game at six. Angelo Songco was intentionally walked and the Saints had the bases loaded with nobody out. They could not score, however, as Brandon Tripp flew out to shallow left and Willie Cabrera hit a grounder up the middle, but second baseman Andres Perez fielded the ball on the backhand, flipped to second and the relay throw to first was in time for the double play.
The Explorers had the better of the scoring chances in innings 10-12, getting a man on in the 10th and having a runner at second with one out in the 11th and 12th. Saints reliever Dylan Thomas, however, did a tremendous job pitching out of the jams and keeping the game tied. Thomas went 3.0 scoreless innings allowing two hits while walking two and striking out two.
In the 13th the Saints once again loaded the bases with nobody out. Joey Becker led off with a single to right and moved to second on a walk to Brandon Wikoff. Carlos Escobar’s sacrifice bunt turned into a single. That brought up Devin Thaut whose fly ball to medium left was deep enough to score Becker for the game winner.
Saints reliever Drew Gay was tremendous working 4.0 innings of shutout relief allowing three hits while walking two and striking out one. He helped keep the Saints in the game after the Explorers scored six runs over the first six innings.
The Explorers jumped out to a 4-0 lead getting a run in the third on an RBI single from Michael Lang and then three in the fourth. An error by left fielder Bonfe allowed the first run of the inning to score and then a sac fly by Todd Jennings and an RBI single from Oscar Mesa plated the last two runs.
The Saints tied it by scoring a run in the fourth on a sac fly from Tripp and three in the fifth without getting a hit. Three walks and two errors helped the Saints score their three runs to tie the game at four.
The Explorers took the lead in the sixth on back-to-back RBI singles from Tosoni and Samson.
The last time the Saints played a 13 inning game was June 22, 2011 when they lost 4-3 to Sioux Falls.
The Saints records in four hour games is now 8-15.
The Saints will take on the Sioux Falls Canaries on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. in game one of a three game series. The Saints send RHP Anthony Claggett (2-1, 1.27) to the mound against Explorers RHP Kyle Vazquez (2-2, 4.09).