Saints Drop Season Finale In Slugfest 12-10ST. PAUL, MN September 1, 2014
SAINTS DROP FINALE IN SLUGFEST 12-10
KANSAS CITY, KS (September 1, 2014) – It was a slugfest in the finale of the 2014 season, but the St. Paul Saints finished on the short end losing 12-10 to the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Monday afternoon and closed the season with six straight losses.
The Saints jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning using a throwing error by shortstop Vladimir Frias to score their first two runs. Jake Taylor picked up the first of his career high five RBI with an RBI single to make it 3-0. With runners at the corners and one out, Joe Bonfe attempted to steal second, but was tagged out in a rundown, but he stayed in it long enough for Taylor to score and make it 4-0. Later on in the inning Carlos Escobar made it 5-0 with an RBI single.
The lead lasted all of three innings before the T-Bones tied it up. With the score 5-1 in the second Robby Kuzdale tripled and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-2. With one on Danny Richar hit a two-run homer, his seventh of the season, to make it 5-4.
The T-Bones tied it in the third on a solo homer from Nick Schwaner, his fifth of the season.
With the Saints trailing 6-5 in the top of the fifth Jake Taylor tied it with his first home run of the game, a solo shot to left, his eighth of the season, to tie the game at six.
With the game tied at six in the bottom of the fifth the T-Bones, who scored at least a run in the first six innings, scored three runs on an RBI single from Bryan Sabatella and a two-run double from Frias to make it 9-6.
Taylor came calling again in the top of the sixth when he crushed a three-run homer to left, his second of the game and ninth of the season, to tie the game at nine. Taylor finished the game 3-5 with two homers, five RBI and two runs scored.
The T-Bones offense could not be stopped, however, and put up three more in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away. Ray Sadler hit a two-run homer to left, his 18th of the season, to make it 11-9 and Brian Erie added an RBI groundout to make it 12-9.
Seven of the 10 Saints hitters who got in the game collected a hit with five different players having a multi-hit game.
The Saints finished the season 48-52, just the eighth time in 22 seasons they finished below .500.