Saints Rap Out 6-5 Walk Off Win in 11 Over ExplorersST. PAUL, MN May 27, 2012
Saints Rap Out 6-5 Walk Off Win in 11 Over Explorers
May 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM
ST. PAUL, MN (May 27, 2012) – Jim Rapoport went from potential costly mistake to hero in the matter of just two innings as his RBI double won the game for the St. Paul Saints in a 6-5, 11 inning victory over the Sioux City Explorers at Midway Stadium on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,964.
In the bottom of the ninth Rapoport led off with a single. With two strikes on Jose Hernandez Rapoport tried to steal second and slid in safely, but he came off the bag and was tagged out. Instead of having the winning run at second with one out after Hernandez struck out on the play, the Saints had nobody on and two outs.
Rapoport would atone for the mistake in the bottom of the 11th. Jon Townsend led off by reaching on an infield single to third. Jake Krause laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Townsend to second. Rapoport got his chance to win the game. He lined a shot down the left field line that just missed going fair, but the very next pitch he roped over center fielder Brandon Newton’s head for the game winning RBI double.
Early on the two teams played home run derby. With the Saints leading 1-0 in the top of the second Kris Sanchez hit a solo homer, his first of the day and third of the season, to tie the game at one. With two outs Michael Lang hit a solo homer, his third of the season, giving the Explorers a 2-1 lead.
The Saints tied it in the bottom of the second when Tanner Townsend roped a solo homer to left, his second of the season.
The Saints took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Tanner Townsend doubled with one out and scored on brother Jon’s double.
The Explorers answered right back with a two-run homer from Ray Serrano in the top of the fifth, his third of the season, giving the Explorers a 4-3 lead.
Ole Sheldon came calling for the Saints in the bottom of the inning, a solo homer, his fourth of the season leaving him 11 shy of the career franchise record, tying the game at four.
Rapoport hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to give the Saints a one run lead. He finished the game 3-6 with a double, homer, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
The Explorers, however, would tie the game in the top of the eighth on a solo homer from Sanchez, his second of the game and fourth of the season.
The Saints bullpen was strong going 5.0 innings allowing just one run on two hits.
The Saints have Monday off and begin a 10 game rooadtrip on Tuesday evening at 6:05 p.m. central time against the Quebec les Capitales in the first of a three game series at Stade de Quebec. The Saints send RHP Alberto Rolon (0-0, 20.77). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.