The Lincoln Saltdogs earned a split of a four-game series in St. Paul on Thursday, beating the Saints 5-3 in front of a record crowd of over 9,000 fans, breaking a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning. Lincoln is now 20-25 and head home for a weekend series with Wichita and 4th of July festivities.
The Saltdogs went ahead, right after St. Paul tied the game in the bottom of the 7th. A single, a walk and a sacrifice bunt put Shawn McGill at third and Jake Jadlowski at second with one out. McGill broke for home as Brandon Jones tried to lay down a squeeze bunt, but the pitch went in the dirt. As McGill slid home, however, Saints catcher Scott Knazek was unable to pick up the baseball, allowing McGill to steal home and putting Lincoln up 3-2. Jadlowski stole third on the play, and Jones drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
After St. Paul cut the lead to one, Lincoln built their lead back up to 5-3 when Tycen Povey was hit by a pitch. Lincoln starter Zac Cline allowed just two runs on three hits in 6.2 innings while striking out three. Adam Daniels (3-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief to earn his third win of the year. Closer Chris Thompson picked up his 5th save for Lincoln and his 15th overall.