ST. PAUL, MN (June 21, 2014) – When the 2014 season is over the Rockland Boulders will own the St. Paul Saints record book. They etched their name on May 27 with the largest margin of defeat, 17 runs, and on Saturday night they once again added their name by scoring 10 runs in the sixth inning, tying a Saints franchise record for most runs allowed in an inning. It all added up to a 14-5 Saints loss in front of 5,991.
The Saints actually jumped out to a 4-1 lead after five innings and Saints starter Cole Nelson looked like he had figured out how to stop the Boulders offense. In the sixth, however, the Boulders sent 15 men to the plate, collected nine hits, one shy of the Saints franchise record and scored 10 runs. Nelson gave up an RBI single to Jerod Edmondson and an RBI double to Steve Nyisztor that cut the Saints lead to 4-3. With one out Nelson gave up a single to Stephen Cardullo and departed for reliever Mikey Mehlich. He failed to record an out while facing seven batters. With the bases loaded Mehlich hit Sean O’Hare to force in a run and tie the game at four. The next three hitters all collected RBI hits, with Matt Nandin adding an RBI single, Antone DeJesus tacking on a two-run double and Ryan Stovall a two-run single that made it 9-4. Mehlich would face two more hitters before giving way to R.J. Seidel. He retired the first man he faced, but gave up a two-run single to Cardullo to make it 11-4. The 10 run sixth tied a record that was accomplished two others times against the Saints once on May 26, 2007 vs. Sioux Falls in the fifth inning and the other on June 17, 2008 at Sioux City in the fourth inning.
With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the fourth Jake Taylor led off with a single. He moved to second on a passed ball, went to third on a ground out and scored on Evan Bigley’s groundout to tie the game at one. Henry Wrigley then crushed a homer over the left field wall, his eighth of the season, to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. Wrigley finished the night 3-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and a run scored.
In the fifth Taylor roped a two-run double to center giving the Saints a 4-1 lead.
The lone drama late in the game came from Bigley as he needed until his final at bat to extend his hitting streak to 12 games with an infield single in the ninth.
ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2014) – It’s a good thing the St. Paul Saints don’t ever have to play the Rockland Boulders again. Despite getting a solid pitching performance from starter Anthony Claggett and allowing the fewest runs in their six games this season the Saints lost 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Midway Stadium in front of 5,845 as they were swept in the three game series.
The Boulders got a little help from the Saints defense in the second inning when Joe Maloney led off with a double. With two outs and Maloney at third Matt Nandin hit a pop up on the infield that third baseman Joe Bonfe charged in for, but had the ball pop in and out of his glove allowing Maloney to score making it 1-0 Boulders.
The Saints tied it in the bottom of the third when Jake Taylor walked with one out. On a hit and run Willie Cabrera grounded out to short, but Taylor was able to race all the way around to third. With two outs Henry Wrigley knocked him home with a single tying the game at one.
In the sixth the Boulders jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Ryan Stovall singled, Steve Nyisztor moved him to third with a double and Maloney brought them both home with a single.
The Saints got a little help from Boulders relief pitcher Tyler Mangum to tie the game at three in the seventh. With two outs Dwight Childs reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a double by Jake Taylor. Two wild pitches by Mangum scored both Childs and Taylor tying the game at three.
The good feelings didn’t last long as Claggett issued his first home run of the season, a solo homer to lead off the eighth inning by Stovall, his seventh of the season. Claggett went 8.0 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.
The Saints had an opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Childs flew out to center to end the inning.
The Saints lost five of six to the Boulders and were outscored 64-32 in the six games.
The Saints begin a four game series at Newman Outdoor Field on Monday evening against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks at7:02 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (4-1, 4.93) to the mound against RHP Taylor Stanton (0-4, 4.14).