Saints Stoned By Boulders In Three Game Sweep, Lose 4-3 SundayST. PAUL, MN June 22, 2014
SAINTS STONED BY BOULDERS, SWEPT IN 4-3 LOSS
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 at 7:02 p.m. The Saints send RHP Robert Coe (4-1, 4.93) to the mound against RHP Taylor Stanton (0-4, 4.14). The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.