A Kafkaesque Type Of Night As Saints Set Record For Largest Defeat, Lose 18-1ST. PAUL, MN May 27, 2014
A KAFKAESQUE TYPE OF NIGHT, AS SAINTS SET RECORD FOR LARGEST DEFEAT, LOSE 18-1
POMONA, NY (May 27, 2014) – It was a like a nightmare that you just can’t wake up from. It was a horror movie for the St. Paul Saints and one they will always remember, but not in a good way. In the first game of their 10-game east coast trip the Saints set a dubious record. In the 22-season history of the illustrious franchise they had never lost by more than they did Tuesday night as the Rockland Boulders put a hurting on the Saints 18-1 at Provident Bank Park.
The beginning of the game was a numerologists dream with the Boulders doubling up their inning score from innings one through four scoring one in the first, two in the second, four in the third and eight in the fourth. All nine Boulders starters had a hit through three innings plus one batter in the fourth. Six of the nine starters had a multi-hit night with Ryan Stovall going 4-5 with a double, two homers, five RBI and three runs scored while Will Walsh went 3-5 with a double, two homers, six RBI and three runs scored. All-in-all the Boulders pounded out 20 hits, five doubles and four homers.
Saints starter Robert Coe lasted just 3.0 innings allowing seven runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three. Reliever Dylan Thomas got beat around in his one inning of work allowing eight runs in the fourth on eight hits. The lone bright spot on the Saints pitching staff was Chase Hentges who did yeoman’s work in 4.0 innings allowing three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out three.
The Saints managed just four hits with two of them coming from leadoff man Brandon Wikoff. The lone run came in the eighth as Evan Bigley and Brandon Tripp had back-to-back doubles, the latter scoring the run.
The Saints topped the record set on July 31, 2007 when they lost to the St. Joseph Blacksnakes 17-1 at Midway Stadium.
The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. eastern, 9:30 a.m. central at Provident Bank Park. The Saints send RHP Nick Barnese (1-0. 2.46) to the mound against Boulders LHP Richard Salazar (0-0. 4.50). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.