After opening the 2014 season with a 3-0 record the St. Paul Saints were looking to make it a four game sweep over the Gary SouthShore Railcats when they welcomed the Railcats to Midway Stadium for the final game of a four game series on May 18, 2014.
In much the same vein as many other sports teams in the state the Saints are playing their final season in the stadium that has been their home for over two decades. Over the course of the year stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report to see features about the team and their history.
Back to the game at hand…
The story of the game was pitching. The Railcats’ Stephen Bougher pitched a great game going six innings and giving up only one run, a home run to Evan Bigley in the fifth. The Saints’ pitchers did not fare so well as they collectively set a Saints’ record for walks with 13 in the game.
The Saints trailed 5-1 going into the eighth inning when the game got out of hand. The Railcats were issued six walks, picked up three hits on their way to scoring eight in the eighth. The Saints did not help their cause giving up one error in the eighth, four errors in the game.
In the end the Saints lost 14-5. After the first series of the 2014 season the Saints have a record of 3-1. The Saints will travel to Sioux City to take on the Explorers before hosting the Sioux Falls Canaries for four games starting Thursday May 22.
Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report as we give updates on the Saints as they close out their Midway Stadium era and prepare to christen their new ball park in St. Paul next season.