With a Gary loss at Winnipeg Sunday night, the Saltdogs clinched the 2014 American Association Central Division Championship, and have earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2010.
After clinching the title, the Lincoln Saltdogs (54-46) split a double header with the Sioux City Explorers to wrap up the regular season at Haymarket Park Monday afternoon. The Saltdogs were beat 6-3 in game one, and in the regular season finale, Lincoln won 12-6.
Lincoln plays the Winnipeg Goldeyes in a best-of-five semifinal series beginning Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Shaw Park. Game two is Thursday night at Shaw Park at 7 p.m. Then the series heads back to Haymarket Park for game three (Saturday at 6:05 p.m.); game four, if necessary (Sunday at 5:05 p.m.) and game five, if necessary (Monday at 6:05 p.m.).
The Saltdogs won the 2009 American Association Championship after sneaking into the playoffs with a 49-47 record.